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In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, appeared together on radio and television to appeal for a "national crusade" against drug abuse.
In 1991, the government of South Africa, the African National Congress and the Inkatha (in-KAH'-tah) Freedom Party signed a national peace pact.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, welcoming Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to Camp David, said the United States was willing to take on Iraq alone if the United Nations failed to "show some backbone" by confronting Saddam Hussein.
Five years ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the possibility of cutting U.S. troop levels in Iraq to 100,000 by the end of 2008, well beyond the cuts President George W. Bush had approved. In Iraq, some 1,500 mourners called for revenge as they buried the leader of the Sunni revolt against al-Qaida, Adbul-Sattar Abu Risha, who had been assassinated by a bomb claimed by an al-Qaida front.
One year ago: President Barack Obama urged enthusiastic college students at North Carolina State University to join him in his fight to get Congress to act on his new jobs bill. A key government panel released a report saying that BP bore ultimate responsibility for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Today's birthdays: Actress Zoe Caldwell is 79. Feminist author Kate Millett is 78. Actor Walter Koenig is 76. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is 72. Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 68. Actor Sam Neill is 65. Singer Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (Sha Na Na) is 65. Rock musician Ed King is 63. Actor Robert Wisdom is 59. Rock musician Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) is 57. Country singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 56. Actress Mary Crosby is 53. Singer Morten Harket (a-ha) is 53. Country singer John Berry is 53. Actress Melissa Leo is 52. Actress Faith Ford is 48. Actor Jamie Kaler is 48. Actress Michelle Stafford is 47. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is 47. Rock musician Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers) is 46. Actor Dan Cortese is 45. Contemporary Christian singer Mark Hall is 43. Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is 43. Actor Ben Garant is 42. Rock musician Craig Montoya (Tri Polar) is 42. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley is 41. Rapper Nas is 39. Actor Austin Basis is 36. Country singer Danielle Peck is 34. Pop singer Ayo is 32. Actor Sebastian Sozzi is 30. Actor Adam Lamberg is 28. Actor-singer Logan Henderson is 23.
Thought for today: "I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." -- Adlai E. Stevenson, American statesman (1900-1965)
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