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Five years ago: A power failure later blamed primarily on human error resulted in sporadic outages across large parts of Florida. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, visiting Beijing, won a verbal assurance from Chinese officials to use their influence to jump-start the stalled process of dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs. The New York Philharmonic, led by Lorin Maazel, performed a historic concert in North Korea before the communist nation's elite. Former Israeli military chief Dan Shomron, who commanded the 1976 hostage rescue at Entebbe, died in Tel Aviv at age 70.
One year ago: In a case that drew national attention, Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he'd acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.) The black-and-white silent film "The Artist" won best picture at the Academy Awards, as well as best actor for Jean Dujardin (zhahn doo-zhahr-DAN') and two other prizes; Meryl Streep won best actress for "The Iron Lady." The West held off a late charge from the East in a 152-149 victory in the NBA All-Star game in Orlando, Fla. The Daytona 500 was postponed for the first time in its 54-year history after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway.
Today's birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 85. Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 70. Actor-director Bill Duke is 70. Singer Mitch Ryder is 68. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 63. Singer Michael Bolton is 60. Actor Greg Germann is 55. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is 55. Bandleader John McDaniel is 52. Actress Jennifer Grant is 47. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 45. Singer Erykah Badu (EHR'-ih-kah bah-DOO') is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 41. Olympic gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 38. Actor Greg Rikaart is 36. Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 34. Country singer Rodney Hayden is 33. Pop singer Nate Ruess (roos) (fun.) is 31. Actor Alex Heartman (TV: "Power Rangers Samurai") is 23. Actress Taylor Dooley is 20.
Thought for today: "Nothing is more frightful than laughter when it comes to jealousy." -- Francoise Sagan, French author (1935-2004)
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