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Five years ago: Group of Seven financial officials meeting in Washington pledged to strengthen their regulation of banks and other financial institutions while anxiously hoping the credit crisis in the United States would be a short one. French troops captured six pirates after the pirates released 30 hostages who were aboard the French luxury yacht Le Ponant when it was seized off Somalia's coast.
One year ago: George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. A California prison panel denied parole to mass murderer Charles Manson in his 12th and probably final bid for freedom. A University of California task force said that UC Davis police should not have used pepper-spray on student demonstrators in an incident that prompted national outrage. Algeria's first president, Ahmed Ben Bella, 95, died in Algiers. French Resistance figure Raymond Aubrac, 97, died in Paris.
Today's birthdays: Ethel Kennedy is 85. Actor Joel Grey is 81. Actress Louise Lasser is 74. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman is 72. Movie writer-director John Milius is 69. Actor Peter Riegert is 66. Actor Meshach Taylor is 66. Movie director Carl Franklin is 64. Actor Bill Irwin is 63. Country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is 56. Songwriter-producer Daryl Simmons is 56. Rock musician Nigel Pulsford is 52. Actor Lucky Vanous is 52. Country singer Steve Azar is 49. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 47. Rock musician Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is 43. Actor Johnny Messner is 43. Actor Vicellous (vy-SAY'-luhs) Shannon is 42. Rapper David Banner is 39. Actress Tricia Helfer is 39. Rock musician Chris Gaylor (The All-American Rejects) is 34. Actress Kelli Garner is 29. Singer Joss Stone is 26. Actress-dancer Kaitlyn Jenkins (TV: "Bunheads") is 21.
Thought for today: "We think in generalities, but we live in detail." -- Alfred North Whitehead, British philosopher (1861-1947).
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