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Five years ago: The Bush administration reported that the federal budget deficit had fallen to $162.8 billion in the just-completed budget year, the lowest amount of red ink in five years. Cold medicines for babies and toddlers were pulled off shelves amid concerns about unintentional overdoses. Briton Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize in literature. Werner von Trapp, a member of the musical family made famous by the musical "The Sound of Music," died in Waitsfield, Vt., at age 91.
One year ago: Presidential challenger Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of failing to lead in a time of economic peril but sounded less conservative than his Republican rivals in their debate in Hanover, N.H., defending the 2008-2009 Wall Street bailout and declaring he could work with "good" Democrats. U.S. officials accused agents of the Iranian government of plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. The U.S. women rolled to their third title at the world gymnastics championships held in Tokyo. The Detroit Tigers won their first game of the 2011 AL championship series, sweeping past the Texas Rangers 5-2 in Game 3.
Today's birthdays: Author Elmore Leonard is 87. Actor Earle Hyman is 86. Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry is 85. Actor Ron Leibman is 75. Actor Amitabh Bachchan is 70. Country singer Gene Watson is 69. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is 62. Rhythm-and-blues musician Andrew Woolfolk is 62. Actress-director Catlin Adams is 62. Country singer Paulette Carlson is 61. Actor David Morse is 59. Actor Stephen Spinella is 56. Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young is 51. Actress Joan Cusack is 50. Rock musician Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) is 50. Comedy writer and TV host Michael J. Nelson is 48. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 47. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Chris Spielman is 47. Actor Luke Perry is 46. Country singer-songwriter Todd Snider is 46. Actor-comedian Artie Lange is 45. Actress Jane Krakowski is 44. Rapper U-God (Wu-Tang Clan) is 42. Rapper MC Lyte is 41. Figure skater Kyoko Ina is 40. Singer NeeNa Lee is 37. Actress Emily Deschanel is 36. Actor Matt Bomer is 35. Actor Trevor Donovan is 34. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 27. Golfer Michelle Wie is 23.
Thought for today: "When a friend speaks to me, whatever he says is interesting." -- Jean Renoir, French movie director (1894-1979)
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