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Five years ago: World Bank President Robert Zoellick (ZEL'-ik) urged immediate action to deal with mounting food prices that had caused hunger and deadly violence in several countries. Trevor Immelman won the Masters, becoming the first South African to wear a green jacket in 30 years. A construction worker's bid to curse the New York Yankees by planting a Boston Red Sox jersey in their new stadium was foiled when the home team removed the offending shirt from its burial spot. Physicist John A. Wheeler, who coined the term "black holes," died in Hightstown, N.J., at age 96.
One year ago: President Barack Obama arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, to attend the Summit of the Americas; however, the visit was overshadowed by a scandal involving Secret Service agents and prostitutes. North Korea's much-touted satellite launch ended in a nearly $1 billion failure. Jennifer Capriati was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Today's birthdays: Movie director Stanley Donen is 89. Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is 80. Actor Lyle Waggoner is 78. Actor Edward Fox is 76. Actor Paul Sorvino is 74. Poet Seamus Heaney is 74. Movie-TV composer Bill Conti is 71. Rock musician Jack Casady is 69. Actor Tony Dow is 68. Singer Al Green is 67. Actor Ron Perlman is 63. Actor William Sadler is 63. Singer Peabo Bryson is 62. Bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is 62. Bluegrass singer-musician Sam Bush is 61. Rock musician Jimmy Destri is 59. Singer-musician Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 58. Comedian Gary Kroeger is 56. Actress Saundra Santiago is 56. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., is 53. Rock musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge) is 52. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 50. Actress Page Hannah is 49. Actress-comedian Caroline Rhea (RAY) is 49. Rock musician Lisa Umbarger is 48. Rock musician Marc Ford is 47. Reggae singer Capleton is 46. Actor Ricky Schroder is 43. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is 41. Actor Bokeem Woodbine is 40. Singer Lou Bega is 38. Actor-producer Glenn Howerton is 37. Actor Kyle Howard is 35. Actress Courtney Peldon is 32. Pop singer Nellie McKay (mih-KY') is 31. Actress Hannah Marks is 20.
Thought for today: "The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy." -- Eudora Welty, American author (1909-2001)
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