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Five years ago: President George W. Bush issued a federal disaster declaration for parts of Florida affected by Tropical Storm Fay. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Baghdad for discussions with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other top Iraqi officials. Twin Taliban suicide bombings at Pakistan's largest weapons complex killed at least 67 people. At the Summer Olympics, Japan defeated the U.S. softball team, 3-1, to win the gold medal. Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor won their second consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball, beating Wang Jie and Tian Jia of China. The U.S. women's soccer team won the gold medal by beating Brazil 1-0 in extra time. One-time actor Fred Crane, who'd played one of the Tarleton twins in "Gone With the Wind," died in Atlanta at age 90.
One year ago: An insurgent rocket attack damaged the plane of the top U.S. general as it sat parked at a coalition base in Afghanistan; U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was unhurt. Missouri Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid hobbled by fallout over his comments that women's bodies could prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Akin went on to lose the fall election.)
Today's birthdays: Former football player Pete Retzlaff is 82. Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles is 81. Playwright Mart Crowley is 78. Singer Kenny Rogers is 75. Actor Clarence Williams III is 74. Rock-and-roll musician James Burton is 74. Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 74. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 72. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is 68. Actress Patty McCormack is 68. Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese (jee-ah mah-REE'-see) is 66. Actress Loretta Devine is 64. NBC newsman Harry Smith is 62. Singer Glenn Hughes is 61. Country musician Nick Kane is 59. Actress Kim Cattrall is 57. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon is 54. Actress Cleo King is 51. MLB All-Star pitcher John Wetteland is 47. Rock singer Serj Tankian (TAN'-kee-ahn) (System of a Down) is 46. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 43. MLB player Craig Counsell is 43. Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) is 42. Actress Alicia Witt is 38. Singer Kelis (kuh-LEES') is 34. TV personality Brody Jenner is 30. Singer Melissa Schuman is 29. Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt is 27. Actor Cody Kasch is 26. Country singer Kacey Musgraves is 25. Actress Hayden Panettiere (pan'-uh-tee-EHR') is 24. Actor RJ Mitte is 21.
Thought for today: "To know a little less and to understand a little more: that, it seems to me, is our greatest need." -- James Ramsey Ullman, American author (1907-1971)
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