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Five years ago: President George W. Bush, pushing for a Mideast peace agreement, met at the White House with Jordan's King Abdullah II. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that Army Gen. David Petraeus would be nominated by President George W. Bush to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command. The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that police had the power to conduct searches and seize evidence, even when done during an arrest that turned out to have violated state law. The Chicago Cubs won their 10,000th game, joining the Giants in reaching that mark with a 7-6 victory in 10 innings at Colorado.
One year ago: Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears while testifying at the Chicago trial of William Balfour, the man accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a jealous rage in 2008. (Balfour was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.) The government reported that Social Security was rushing even faster toward insolvency, with its trust funds expected to run dry in 2033, three years earlier than previously projected.
Today's birthdays: Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 85. Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 83. Actor David Birney is 74. Actor Lee Majors is 74. Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 66. Actress Blair Brown is 65. Writer-director Paul Brickman is 64. Actress Joyce DeWitt is 64. Actor James Russo is 60. Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 59. Actress Judy Davis is 58. Actress Jan Hooks is 56. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 53. Actor Craig Sheffer is 53. Actor-comedian-talk show host George Lopez is 52. Rock musician Gen is 49. U.S. Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 48. Actress Melina Kanakaredes (kah-nah-KAH'-ree-deez) is 46. Rock musician Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) is 45. Country musician Tim Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 45. Actor Scott Bairstow (BEHR'-stow) is 43. Actor Barry Watson is 39. Actor Kal Penn is 36. MLB All-Star Andruw Jones is 36. Actress Jaime King is 34. Pop singer Taio Cruz is 30. Actor Aaron Hill is 30. Actress Rachel Skarsten is 28. Tennis player Nicole Vaidisova (vay-deh-SOH'-vuh) is 24. Actor Dev Patel (puh-TEHL') is 23. Actor Matthew Underwood is 23. Actor Camryn Walling is 23.
Thought for today: "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." -- From Act II, scene five of "Twelfth-Night," by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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