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Five years ago: A suicide bomber struck a welcome-home celebration on Baghdad's outskirts for an Iraqi detainee released from U.S. custody, killing at least 25 people. An Iran-bound passenger jet carrying 90 people crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing some 70 people. On the final day of the Beijing Games, Kobe Bryant hit two 3-pointers in a big fourth quarter to help the United States defeat Spain 118-107 and win the men's basketball gold medal for the first time since 2000. Waipahu, Hawaii, defeated Matamoros, Mexico, in the Little League World Series, 12-3.
One year ago: A suit-clad gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, opened fire outside New York's Empire State Building, killing a former co-worker, Steve Ercolino, before being gunned down by police. A Norwegian court found Anders Behring Breivik guilty of terrorism and premeditated murder for twin attacks on July 22, 2011, that killed 77 people; he received a 21-year prison sentence that can be extended as long as he is considered dangerous to society. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wiped out 14 years of Lance Armstrong's cycling career -- including his record seven Tour de France titles -- and barred him for life from the sport after concluding he'd used banned substances.
Today's birthdays: Former Education Secretary Shirley Hufstedler is 88. Actor Kenny Baker ("Star Wars") is 79. Composer-musician Mason Williams is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 71. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 68. Actress Anne Archer is 66. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 64. Actor Kevin Dunn is 58. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is 58. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 56. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 55. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is 53. Actor Jared Harris is 52. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 51. Rock singer John Bush is 50. Actress Marlee Matlin is 48. Basketball Hall of Famer Reggie Miller is 48. Broadcast journalist David Gregory ("Meet the Press") is 43. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SHeDaisy) is 43. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 40. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo is 40. Actor Alex O'Loughlin (TV: "Hawaii Five-0") is 37. Actress Beth Riesgraf is 35. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 32. Christian rock musician Jeffrey Gilbert (Kutless) is 30. Singer Mika is 30. Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" films) is 25.
Thought for today: "No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent." -- Marcelene Cox, American writer.
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