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Five years ago: The U.S. Board on Geographic Names officially renamed Squaw Peak in Phoenix Piestewa (py-ES'-tuh-wah) Peak, in honor of Army Spc. Lori Piestewa, who was killed in Iraq in 2003 and posthumously promoted from the rank of Private First Class. Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, suspected of killing a pregnant colleague, was arrested in Tacambaro, Mexico; Laurean was later sentenced to life in prison for murdering Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach in North Carolina.
One year ago: Rick Santorum quit the presidential race, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination. Syrian troops defied a U.N.-brokered cease-fire plan, launching fresh attacks on rebellious areas. The University of Arkansas fired Bobby Petrino as its football coach, citing a "pattern of misleading" behavior that included hiring his mistress.
Today's birthdays: Actor Max von Sydow is 84. Actress Liz Sheridan is 84. Actor Omar Sharif is 81. Sportscaster John Madden is 77. Reggae artist Bunny Wailer is 66. Actor Steven Seagal is 62. Folk-pop singer Terre Roche (The Roches) is 60. Actor Peter MacNicol is 59. Rock musician Steven Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs) is 56. Singer-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is 55. Rock singer-musician Brian Setzer is 54. Rapper Afrika Bambaataa is 53. Rock singer Katrina Leskanich is 53. Actor Jeb Adams is 52. Olympic gold medal speedskater Cathy Turner is 51. Rock musician Tim "Herb" Alexander is 48. Actor-comedian Orlando Jones is 45. Rock musician Mike Mushok (Staind) is 44. Singer Kenny Lattimore is 43. Rapper Q-Tip (AKA Kamaal) is 43. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is 34. Actress Laura Bell Bundy is 32. Actress Chyler Leigh is 31. Pop musician Andrew Dost (fun.) is 30. Actor Ryan Merriman is 30. Singer Mandy Moore is 29. Actor Haley Joel Osment is 25. Actor Alex Pettyfer is 23. Actress-singer AJ (AKA Amanda) Michalka (mish-AL'-kah) is 22.
Thought for today: "All fantasy should have a solid base in reality." -- Max Beerbohm, English critic and essayist (1872-1956)
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