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Five years ago: The International Monetary Fund chose France's Dominique Strauss-Kahn as its new leader. (Strauss-Kahn resigned the post in 2011 following allegations he'd sexually assaulted a New York hotel employee; prosecutors ended up dropping all the charges.) Traveler Carol Anne Gotbaum of New York died in a holding cell at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix; authorities say Gotbaum, 45, accidentally asphyxiated herself after being chained to a bench.
One year ago: The Obama administration formally appealed a federal appeals court ruling striking down a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. (The U.S. Supreme Court later upheld the individual mandate.)
Today's birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 78. Singer Ben E. King is 74. Actor Joel Higgins is 69. Singer Helen Shapiro is 66. Movie writer-director-actor John Sayles is 62. Actress Sylvia Kristel is 60. Rock musician George Lynch is 58. Zydeco singer-musician C.J. Chenier (sheh-NEER') is 55. Actor Steve Hytner is 53. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 48. Country singer Matt King is 46. Actress Mira Sorvino is 45. TV personality Moon Zappa is 45. Actress-model Carre Otis is 44. Actress Naomi Watts is 44. Country musician Chuck Crawford is 39. Country singer Mandy Barnett is 37. Rapper Young Jeezy is 35. World Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak is 35. Actor Peter Cambor is 34. Writer-producer-director-actor Bam Margera is 33. Actress Hilary Duff is 25. Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak is 20. Actor Keir Gilchrist is 20.
Thought for today: "Sometimes I think we Americans are the loneliest people in the world. To be sure, we hunger for the power of affection, the self-acceptance that gives life. It is the oldest and strongest hunger in the world. But hungering is not enough." -- Sherwood Anderson, American author and poet (1876-1941)
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