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Five years ago: German officials announced that three militants from an Islamic group linked to al-Qaida were planning "imminent" bomb attacks against Americans in Germany when an elite anti-terrorist unit raided their small-town hideout. Fred Thompson announced on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that he was running for the Republican presidential nomination; his candidacy lasted less than five months. Alicia Sacramone's floor routine rallied the United States to the world women's gymnastics title in Stuttgart, Germany.
One year ago: President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally in Detroit to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. The prosecution's first witness in the trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Gen. Hussein Moussa, startled the court by testifying that police had not been ordered to fire on protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, contradicting prosecutors' central claim.
Today's birthdays: Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker is 85. Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 83. Actress-singer Carol Lawrence is 80. Actor William Devane is 73. Actor George Lazenby is 73. Actress Raquel Welch is 72. Movie director Werner Herzog is 70. Singer Al Stewart is 67. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 66. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 66. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 66. "Cathy" cartoonist Cathy Guisewite (GYZ'-wyt) is 62. Actor Michael Keaton is 61. Country musician Jamie Oldaker (The Tractors) is 61. Actress Debbie Turner-Larson (Film: Marta in "The Sound of Music") is 56. Actress Kristian Alfonso is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Terry Ellis is 49. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 44. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 43. Actress Rose McGowan is 39. Actor Andrew Ducote is 26. Actress Kat Graham is 26. Olympic gold medal figure skater Kim Yu-na is 22. Actor Skandar Keynes is 21.
Thought for today: "Ideas are one thing, and what happens is another." -- John Cage (1912-1992)
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