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Five years ago: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, before a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Two foreign journalists, Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan, were kidnapped near Mogadishu, Somalia; both were freed after 15 months in captivity. At the Beijing Olympics, the United States won gold in the women's and men's 1,600-meter relay track events. The U.S. women's basketball team beat Australia 92-65 to win a fourth straight gold medal. Angel Matos of Cuba and his coach were banned for life after the taekwondo athlete kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.
One year ago: First lady Michelle Obama consoled relatives of worshippers gunned down at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. Lance Armstrong chose not to pursue arbitration in the drug case brought against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, setting the stage for his Tour de France titles to be stripped and his name to be all but wiped from the record books of the sport he once ruled.
Today's birthdays: Actress Vera Miles is 83. Actress
Barbara Eden is 82. Political satirist Mark Russell is 81. Pro
Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is 79. Actor Richard
Sanders is 73. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 71. Former
Surgeon General Antonia Novello is 69. Pro Football Hall of
Famer Rayfield Wright is 68. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 66.
Singer Linda Thompson is 66. Actress Shelley Long is 64.
Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 64. Country singer-musician
Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 64. Queen Noor of Jordan is
62. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 62. Actor Skipp Sudduth is 57.
MLB All-Star pitcher Mike Boddicker is 56. Rock musician Dean
DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 52. Tejano singer
Emilio Navaira (nah-VY'-rah) is 51. Country musician Ira Dean
(Trick Pony) is 44. Actor Jay Mohr is 43. Actor Ray Park is 39.
Actor Scott Caan is 37. Country singer Shelly Fairchild is 36.
Figure skater Nicole Bobek is 36. Rock singer Julian Casablancas
(The Strokes) is 35. NBA player Kobe Bryant is 35. Actress
Joanne Froggatt is 33. Actress Annie Ilonzeh is 30. Dance
musician Sky Blu is 27. Actress Kimberly Matula is 25. NBA
player Jeremy Lin is 25.
Thought for today: "The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least." -- Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author (1782-1857)
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