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Five years ago: One student was mortally wounded, another injured, at Delaware State University. (A suspected gunman was indicted for second-degree murder, but the case was dismissed by a judge because prosecutors withheld evidence.) The Rev. Rex Humbard, whose televangelism ministry once spanned the globe, died in Atlantis, Fla., at age 88. Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ghostley died in Los Angeles at age 83.
One year ago: Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, two Americans jailed in Iran as spies, left Tehran for the Gulf state of Oman, closing a high-profile drama that brought more than two years of hope and heartbreak for their families. The state of Texas executed Lawrence Russell Brewer for his role in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. The state of Georgia executed Troy Davis, who used his last words to declare his innocence in the killing of police officer Mark MacPhail. Alternative rock group R.E.M. announced on its website that it had "decided to call it a day as a band."
Today's birthdays: Actor Larry Hagman is 81. Poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen is 78. Author-comedian Fannie Flagg is 71. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is 69. Musician Don Felder is 65. Author Stephen King is 65. Basketball Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore is 63. Actor-comedian Bill Murray is 62. Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye is 61. Rock musician Philthy Animal is 58. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is 55. Movie producer-writer Ethan Coen is 55. Actor-comedian Dave Coulier is 53. Actor David James Elliott is 52. Actress Serena Scott-Thomas is 51. Actress Nancy Travis is 51. Actor Rob Morrow is 50. Retired MLB All-Star Cecil Fielder is 49. Actress Cheryl Hines is 47. Country singer Faith Hill is 45. Rock musician Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) is 45. Country singer Ronna Reeves is 44. Actress-talk show host Ricki Lake is 44. Rapper Dave (De La Soul) is 44. Actor Rob Benedict is 42. Actor James Lesure is 41. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro is 41. Actor Luke Wilson is 41. Actor Paulo Costanzo is 34. Actress Autumn Reeser is 32. TV personality Nicole Richie is 31. Actress Maggie Grace is 29. Actor Joseph Mazzello is 29. Rapper Wale (WAH'-lay) is 28. Actors Nikolas and Lorenzo Brino are 14.
Thought for today: "The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow." -- H.G. Wells, English author (born this day in 1866, died 1946)
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