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Five years ago: A suicide bomber rode his bicycle into a crowd of police recruits in Baqouba, Iraq, killing some 30 people. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he had prostate cancer, but would continue to perform his duties. Authorities in Chad charged six French charity workers with kidnapping after they tried to put 103 children on a plane to France, claiming they were orphans from Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region. (The charity workers were later convicted, jailed for several months, then pardoned.) A Moscow court sentenced Alexander Pichushkin, convicted of 48 murders, to life imprisonment, ending one of Russia's worst serial killer cases.
One year ago: A "white Halloween" storm with record-setting snowfalls brought down trees across the northeastern U.S., knocking out power to millions; 39 deaths were blamed on the weather. A grain elevator explosion in Atchison, Kan., killed six people. A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an armored NATO bus on a busy thoroughfare in Kabul, killing 17 people, including a dozen Americans. Joe Paterno broke Eddie Robinson's record for victories by a Division I coach with No. 409 in Penn State's sloppy 10-7 win over Illinois. Jimmy Savile, 84, a veteran British broadcaster and famously eccentric culture figure, died in Leeds, England, two days before his birthday. (Since then, there have been allegations that Savile had molested dozens, possibly hundreds, of girls.)
Today's birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers) is 75. Country singer Lee Clayton is 70. Rock musician Denny Laine is 68. Singer Melba Moore is 67. Musician Peter Green is 66. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 65. Actress Kate Jackson is 64. The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, is 62. Actor Dan Castellaneta ("The Simpsons") is 55. Country musician Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 55. Comic strip artist Tom Wilson ("Ziggy") is 55. Actress Finola Hughes is 53. Singer Randy Jackson is 51. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 47. Actress Joely Fisher is 45. Rapper Paris is 45. Actor Rufus Sewell is 45. Actor Grayson McCouch (mih-COOCH') is 44. Rock singer SA Martinez (311) is 43. Musician Toby Smith is 42. Actress Winona Ryder is 41. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 40. Actor Trevor Lissauer is 39. Actress Gabrielle Union is 39. Olympic gold medal bobsledder Vonetta Flowers is 39. Actress Milena Govich is 36. Actor Jon Abrahams is 35. Actor Brendan Fehr is 35. Actor Ben Foster is 32. Rock musician Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) is 28. Actress India Eisley (TV: "The Secret Life of the American Teenager") is 19.
Thought for today: "An old error is always more popular than a new truth." -- German proverb
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