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Five years ago: Business tycoon Steve Fossett, 63, was declared dead by a judge in Cook County, Ill., five months after his small plane vanished after taking off from an airstrip near Yerington, Nev. (Fossett's remains were discovered in late October 2008 in California's Sierra Nevada.)
One year ago: Congressional negotiators sealed an agreement on legislation to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more. In defiant swipes at its foes, Iran said it was dramatically closer to mastering the production of nuclear fuel even as the U.S. weighed tougher pressure on the Tehran government.
Today's birthdays: Actor Allan Arbus is 95. Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 91. Former Defense and Energy Secretary James Schlesinger is 84. Actress Claire Bloom is 82. Author Susan Brownmiller is 78. Songwriter Brian Holland is 72. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 69. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 69. Actress Jane Seymour is 62. Singer Melissa Manchester is 62. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 60. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening (GREE'-ning) is 59. Model Janice Dickinson is 58. Actor Christopher McDonald is 58. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 54. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 54. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 53. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 53. Country singer Michael Reynolds (Pinmonkey) is 49. Actor Michael Easton is 46. Rock musician Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool) is 42. Actress Renee O'Connor is 42. Actress Sarah Wynter is 40. Actor-director Miranda July is 39. Rock singer Brandon Boyd (Incubus) is 37. Rock musician Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) is 37. Actress Ashley Lyn Cafagna is 30. Blues-rock musician Gary Clark Jr. is 29. Actress Amber Riley (TV: "Glee") is 27.
Thought for today: "Nothing is mine, I have only nothing but it is enough, it is beautiful and it is all mine." -- Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980)
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