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Five years ago: A Spanish jetliner crashed during takeoff from Madrid, killing 154 people; 18 survived. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski signed a deal to put a U.S. missile defense base in Poland. In Beijing, Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds. Former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng died in Beijing at age 87. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, died in Cleveland at age 58. Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, died near California's Lake Tahoe at age 63.
One year ago: Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., fought to salvage his U.S. Senate campaign even as members of his own party turned against him over his comments that women were able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Akin lost the election.) In a historic change at one of the world's most exclusive golf clubs, Augusta National invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first female members; both women accepted. Two college friends, Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr, were killed when a CSX train derailed on a rail bridge in Ellicott City, Md., burying the young women in coal. Comedian Phyllis Diller, 95, died at her Los Angeles home.
Today's birthdays: Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 94. Boxing promoter Don King is 82. Former Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, is 80. Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 78. Former MLB All-Star Graig Nettles is 69. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 67. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 66. Actor John Noble is 65. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 65. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 61. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 61. Actor-director Peter Horton is 60. TV weatherman Al Roker is 59. Actor Jay Acovone is 58. Actress Joan Allen is 57. Movie director David O. Russell ("The Fighter") is 55. TV personality Asha Blake is 52. Actor James Marsters is 51. Rapper KRS-One is 48. Actor Colin Cunningham is 47. Actor Billy Gardell is 44. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 43. Rock musician Brad Avery is 42. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 42. Actor Misha Collins (TV: "Supernatural") is 39. Rock singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 38. Actor Ben Barnes is 32. Actress Meghan Ory (TV: "Once Upon a Time") is 31. Actor Andrew Garfield is 30. Actress-singer Demi Lovato is 21.
Thought for today: "You know you're old when your walker has an airbag." -- Phyllis Diller (1917-2012).
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