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Ten years ago: More than 100,000 people demonstrated in the streets of San Francisco to protest a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq. Michael Waltrip raced past leader Jimmie Johnson to win the rain-shortened Daytona 500 for the second time in three years. Eleanor "Sis" Daley, the matriarch of Chicago's Daley political clan, died at age 95.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin (beh-NEEN') before flying on to Tanzania. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana. A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on an isolated Maryland highway, killing eight people in the early morning darkness.
One year ago: A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb), a young Nigerian man who'd tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear. New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died of an apparent asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president; he was 43. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died in West Palm Beach, Fla., at age 57.
Today's birthdays: Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 68. Actor William Katt is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Ingram is 61. Actor LeVar Burton is 56. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 55. Actress Lisa Loring is 55. International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe is 54. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 52. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 48. Actress Sarah Clarke is 42. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foofighters) is 41. Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman is 40. Singer Sam Salter is 38. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 31. Pop-rock singer Ryan Follese (FAHL'-eh-say) (Hot Chelle (SHEHL) Rae) is 26. Actress Elizabeth Olsen is 24. Actor Mike Weinberg is 20.
Thought for today: "The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We have really no absent friends." -- Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author (1899-1973)
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