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Five years ago: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte (neh-groh-PAHN'-tee) delivered a blunt message to Pakistan's military ruler, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf (pur-VEHZ' moo-SHAH'-ruhv), telling him emergency rule had to be lifted and his opponents freed ahead of elections. A Nobel-winning U.N. scientific panel said in a landmark report released in Valencia, Spain, that the Earth was hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace.
One year ago: Occupy Wall Street protesters clogged streets and tied up traffic around the U.S. to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they weren't ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL Cy Young Award. Baseball owners unanimously approved the sale of the Houston Astros from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane, which will lead to the team moving from the NL Central to the AL West for the 2013 season. Demi Moore said she was ending her marriage to fellow actor Ashton Kutcher.
Today's birthdays: Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is 78. Rock musician Gerry McGee (The Ventures) is 75. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 74. Singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio is 71. Movie director Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH'-see) is 70. Actress Lauren Hutton is 69. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 68. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels is 68. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver is 68. Movie director Roland Joffe is 67. Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is 64. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is 63. Actor Stephen Root is 61. Rock musician Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) is 55. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 54. Actor William Moses is 53. Entertainer RuPaul is 52. Actor Dylan Walsh is 49. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is 48. Actress Sophie Marceau is 46. Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) is 45. Rock musician Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) is 45. Actor Leonard Roberts is 40. Actress Leslie Bibb is 39. Actor Brandon Call is 36. Country singer Aaron Lines is 35. Actress Rachel McAdams is 34. Rock musician Isaac Hanson (Hanson) is 32. Actor Justin Cooper is 24. Musician Reid Perry (The Band Perry) is 24. Actress Raquel Castro is 18.
Thought for today: "Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety." -- Ben Hecht, American author and screenwriter (1893-1964)
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