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Five years ago: President George W. Bush met separately at the White House with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority a day ahead of a major Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md. Vice President Dick Cheney experienced an irregular heartbeat and was taken to George Washington University Hospital for evaluation. President Bush greeted the 2007 Nobel Prize winners -- including former Vice President Al Gore -- in the Oval Office. Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in Congress. Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was mortally wounded during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. (Taylor died the next day.) Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack died in Freer, Texas, at age 74.
One year ago: NASA's Curiosity rover blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on an 8 1/2-month, 354 million-mile journey to Mars. NBA players and owners reached a tentative agreement to end a 149-day lockout.
Today's birthdays: Actress Ellen Albertini Dow is 99. Impressionist Rich Little is 74. Singer Tina Turner is 73. Singer Jean Terrell is 68. Pop musician John McVie is 67. Actress Marianne Muellerleile is 64. Actor Scott Jacoby is 56. Actress Jamie Rose is 53. Country singer Linda Davis is 50. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 47. Country singer-musician Steve Grisaffe is 47. Actress Kristin Bauer is 39. Actor Peter Facinelli is 39. Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge is 38. Actress Maia (MY'-ah) Campbell is 36. Country singer Joe Nichols is 36. Contemporary Christian musicians Randy and Anthony Armstrong (Red) are 34. Actress Jessica Bowman is 32. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 31. Country singer-musician Mike Gossin (Gloriana Rock) is 28. Ben Wysocki (The Fray) is 28. Singer Lil Fizz is 27. Singer Aubrey Collins is 25.
Thought for today: "The difference between the men and the boys in politics is, and always has been, that the boys want to be something, while the men want to do something." -- Eric Sevareid (1912-1992)
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