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Five years ago: Russia said it had pulled back forces from Georgia in accordance with an EU-brokered cease-fire agreement. Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt helped Jamaica win the 400-meter relay final in 37.10 seconds for his third gold medal and third world record of the Beijing Olympics. Bryan Clay won the decathlon. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Brazil in the men's beach volleyball championship game.
One year ago: Ousted Penn State president Graham Spanier and his lawyers attacked a university-backed report on the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, calling it a "blundering and indefensible indictment." (Spanier was subsequently charged with covering up a complaint about Sandusky; he denies the allegation.) Nina Bawden, 87, a British author who wrote children's classics, including the World War II story "Carrie's War," died in London.
Today's birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 93. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 78. Author Annie Proulx (proo) is 78. Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 74. Actress Valerie Harper is 74. Football coach Bill Parcells is 72. Writer-producer David Chase (TV: "The Sopranos") is 68. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 68. Actress Cindy Williams is 66. Pop musician David Marks is 65. International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 64. Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 57. Country singer Holly Dunn is 56. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 55. Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 54. Country singer Collin Raye is 53. Actress Regina Taylor is 53. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 52. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 52. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 51. Singer Tori Amos is 50. Country singer Mila Mason is 50. Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 50. International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 49. Rapper GZA (JIHZ'-ah)/The Genius is 47. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (ah-day-WAH'-lay ah-kih-NOY'-yay ah-BAH'-jay) is 46. Actor Ty Burrell is 46. Celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentiis is 43. Actress Melinda Page Hamilton (TV: "Devious Maids") is 42. Actor Rick Yune is 42. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 41. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 40. Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 40. Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 40. Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 39. Rock musician Bo Koster is 39. Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 38. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 35. Actor Brandon Adams is 34. Actress Aya Sumika is 33.
Thought for today: "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art." -- Claude Debussy, French composer (born this date in 1862, died 1918)
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