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In 1998, Pope John Paul II began a historic pilgrimage to Cuba. Actor Jack Lord of "Hawaii Five-O" fame died in Honolulu at age 77.
Ten years ago: The Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America's largest minority group. A powerful earthquake shook west-central Mexico, killing at least 29 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and leaving 10,000 homeless. A gunman ambushed two U.S. defense workers in Kuwait, killing one and wounding another. Colombian rebels kidnapped an American photographer and a British reporter (Scott Dalton and Ruth Morris were freed after 11 days in captivity).
Five years ago: Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama accused each other of repeatedly and deliberately distorting the truth for political gain in a highly personal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
One year ago: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to an upset win in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, dealing a sharp setback to Mitt Romney. Hundreds of angry Libyans stormed the transitional government's headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Today's birthdays: Actress Ann Wedgeworth is 79. World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 73. Opera singer Placido Domingo is 72. Singer Richie Havens is 72. Singer Mac Davis is 71. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 66. Country musician Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 66. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 63. U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke is 63. Attorney General Eric Holder is 62. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 60. Actor-director Robby Benson is 57. Actress Geena Davis is 57. Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 50. Actress Charlotte Ross is 45. Actor John Ducey is 44. Actress Karina Lombard is 44. Rapper Levirt (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 43. Rock musician Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 43. Rock singer-songwriter Cat Power is 41. Rock DJ Chris Kilmore (Incubus) is 40. Actor Vincent Laresca is 39. Singer Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 37. Country singer Phil Stacey is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nokio (Dru Hill) is 34. Actress Izabella Miko (MEE'-koh) is 32.
Thought for today: "It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact." -- Edmund Burke, British statesman (1729-1797)
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