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Five years ago: Scotland Yard investigators concluded that Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died on Dec. 27, 2007, as the result of a bomb blast, not a gunshot, a finding disputed by Bhutto supporters. Latina Williams, a 23-year-old nursing student at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, shot and killed two other students and then herself. Novelist Phyllis A. Whitney died in Charlottesville, Va., at age 104.
One year ago: Washington state lawmakers voted to approve same-sex marriage. Kyle Dyer, an anchor for Denver station KUSA-TV, was seriously injured when she was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine mastiff while conducting a live studio interview on the dog's rescue from an icy pond.
Today's birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 81. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 73. Actor Nick Nolte is 72. Comedian Robert Klein is 71. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 70. Singer Ron Tyson is 65. Actress Brooke Adams is 64. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 60. Author John Grisham is 58. Actor Henry Czerny is 54. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 52. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 52. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 51. Actress Mary McCormack is 44. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 44. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 43. Actor Seth Green is 39. Actor Josh Morrow is 39. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 36. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 28. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 25. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 25. Actress Karle Warren ("Judging Amy") is 21.
Thought for today: "Children see things very well sometimes -- and idealists even better." -- Lorraine Hansberry, American author and dramatist (1930-1965)
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