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Five years ago: Democrat Barack Obama conceded that comments he'd made privately during a fundraiser about bitter working-class voters who "cling to guns or religion" were ill chosen. Boston College won the NCAA hockey championship, 4-1, over Notre Dame. The United States won its second women's world hockey championship, upsetting Canada 4-3 in Harbin, China.
One year ago: Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder, made his first courtroom appearance in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Jury selection began in Greensboro, N.C., for the corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards, charged with six counts of campaign finance fraud. (The jury ended up acquitting Edwards of accepting illegal campaign contributions but deadlocking on the other five counts.)
Today's birthdays: Country singer Ned Miller is 88. Actress Jane Withers is 87. Opera singer Montserrat Caballe is 80. Playwright Alan Ayckbourn (AYK'-bohrn) is 74. Jazz musician Herbie Hancock is 73. Actor Frank Bank ("Leave It to Beaver") is 71. Rock singer John Kay (Steppenwolf) is 69. Actor Ed O'Neill is 67. Author Tom Clancy is 66. Actor Dan Lauria is 66. Talk show host David Letterman is 66. Author Scott Turow is 64. Singer David Cassidy is 63. Actor-playwright Tom Noonan is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer JD Nicholas (The Commodores) is 61. Singer Pat Travers is 59. Actor Andy Garcia is 57. Movie director Walter Salles (SAL'-ihs) is 57. Country singer Vince Gill is 56. Actress Suzzanne (cq) Douglas is 56. Rock musician Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen) is 55. Rock singer Art Alexakis (al-ex-AH'-kis) (Everclear) is 51. Country singer Deryl Dodd is 49. Folk-pop singer Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) is 49. Actress Alicia Coppola is 45. Rock singer Nicholas Hexum (311) is 43. Actor Nicholas Brendon is 42. Actress Shannen Doherty is 42. Actress Marley Shelton is 39. Actress Sarah Jane Morris is 36. Actress Jordana Spiro is 36. Rock musician Guy Berryman (Coldplay) is 35. Actress Claire Danes is 34. Actress Jennifer Morrison is 34. Contemporary Christian musician Joe Rickard (Red) is 26. Rock singer-musician Brendon Urie (Panic at the Disco) is 26. Actress Saoirse (SUR'-shuh) Ronan is 19.
Thought for today: "Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are." -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
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