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Five years ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other U.S. officials held daylong meetings with Australian leaders in Canberra. Former United Auto Workers president Douglas A. Fraser died in Southfield, Mich., at age 91.
One year ago: President Barack Obama, speaking in Miami, sought to confront public anxiety over rising gasoline prices as he promoted the expansion of domestic oil and gas exploration, as well as the development of new forms of energy. Former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan was appointed the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy on the Syrian crisis.
Today's birthdays: Actor Peter Fonda is 73. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff is 70. Author John Sandford is 69. Singer-musician Johnny Winter is 69. Country-rock musician Rusty Young is 67. Actress Patricia Richardson is 62. Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 61. Singer Howard Jones is 58. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 51. Country singer Dusty Drake is 49. Actress Kristin Davis is 48. Tennis player Helena Sukova is 48. Actor Marc Price is 45. Actress Niecy Nash is 43. Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) is 42. Country singer Steve Holy is 41. Rock musician Lasse (loss) Johansson (The Cardigans) is 40. Actress Kelly Macdonald is 37. Actress Emily Blunt is 30. Actor Aziz Ansari is 30. Actress Dakota Fanning is 19.
Thought for today: "Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978).
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