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Ten years ago: Top U.N. officials warned Iraq it was running out of time to cooperate and avoid war. Protesters nationwide and overseas demonstrated in opposition to possible war in Iraq. Michelle Kwan won her sixth straight U.S. Figure Skating Championships title and seventh overall; Michael Weiss won his third U.S. men's title at the competition in Dallas.
Five years ago: With recession fears rising and the stock market tumbling, President George W. Bush called for up to $150 billion in tax relief for consumers and business, saying there was no time to waste. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated George Clooney a U.N. "messenger of peace" to promote the world body's activities. Actress Lois Nettleton died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 80.
One year ago: President Barack Obama rejected a Canadian company's plan to build a U.S.-spanning, 1,700-mile pipeline to carry oil across six U.S. states to Texas refineries. Wikipedia and other websites went dark in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.
Today's birthdays: Movie director John Boorman is 80. Former Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Mass., is 75. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 72. Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 60. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 58. Country singer Mark Collie is 57. Actress Jane Horrocks is 49. Comedian Dave Attell is 48. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 44. Rapper DJ Quik is 43. Rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) is 42. Singer Christian Burns (BBMak) is 40. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is 40. Actor Derek Richardson is 37. Actor Jason Segel is 33. Actress Samantha Mumba is 30. Country singer Kristy Lee Cook (TV: "American Idol") is 29.
Thought for today: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it." -- Danny Kaye (1913-1986)
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