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Five years ago: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) questioned the official version of the September 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance at Columbia University in New York. United Auto Workers walked off the job at GM plants in the first nationwide strike during auto contract negotiations since 1976; a tentative pact ended the walkout two days later. Two kidnapped Italian intelligence operatives were rescued in a NATO-led combat operation in western Afghanistan, two days after they went missing. As many as 100,000 anti-government protesters led by Buddhist monks marched in Yangon, Myanmar.
One year ago: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed Vladimir Putin as a presidential candidate for 2012, paving the way for Putin's return to office four years after he was legally forced to step aside. NASA's dead six-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell to Earth, 20 years after being deployed from the space shuttle Discovery.
Today's birthdays: Actor-singer Herb Jeffries is 101. Actress Sheila MacRae is 88. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sonny Turner (The Platters) is 73. Singer Barbara Allbut (The Angels) is 72. Singer Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut (The Angels) is 70. Singer Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) is 70. News anchor Lou Dobbs is 67. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene is 66. Actor Gordon Clapp is 64. Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass., is 60. Actor Kevin Sorbo is 54. Christian/jazz singer Cedric Dent (Take 6) is 50. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos is 50. Country musician Marty Mitchell is 43. Actress Megan Ward is 43. Singer-musician Marty Cintron (No Mercy) is 41. Contemporary Christian musician Juan DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 37. Actor Justin Bruening is 33. Olympic gold medal gymnast Paul Hamm (hahm) is 30. Actor Kyle Sullivan is 24.
Thought for today: "The easiest way to get a reputation is go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (born this date in 1896, died 1940)
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