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Five years ago: Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative who had been governor of Alaska for less than two years, to be his running mate.
One year ago: Seizing the Republican National Convention spotlight in Tampa, Fla., vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan promised Mitt Romney would "not duck the tough issues" if he were to win the White House and that their party would move forcefully to solve the nation's economic woes. Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages. The NFL announced it would open the regular season with replacement officials.
Today's birthdays: Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 90. Actress Betty Lynn (TV: "The Andy Griffith Show") is 87. Movie director William Friedkin is 78. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 77. Actor Elliott Gould is 75. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 74. Former White House Press Secretary James Brady is 73. TV personality Robin Leach is 72. Actor Ray Wise is 66. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 61. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew is 58. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 57. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 57. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 54. Singer Me'Shell NdegeOcello (n-DAY'-gay-OH'-chehl-oh) is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 43. Actress Carla Gugino is 42. Rock musician Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) is 38. Actor John Hensley is 36. Rock musician David Desrosiers (Simple Plan) is 33. Rapper A+ is 31. Actress Jennifer Landon is 30. Actor Jeffrey Licon is 28. Actress-singer Lea Michele (TV: "Glee") is 27. Rock singer Liam Payne (One Direction) is 20.
Thought for today: "Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894)
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