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Ten years ago: Countering blunt talk of war by the Bush administration, France and Germany defiantly stated they were committed to a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis. Opponents and supporters of abortion rights rallied on the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin, who'd immortalized World War II soldiers with his characters Willie and Joe, died in Newport Beach, Calif., at age 81.
Five years ago: Actor Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead of an accidental prescription overdose in a New York City apartment. Jose Padilla (hoh-ZAY' puh-DEE'-uh), once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to 17 years and four months on other terrorism conspiracy charges. Republican Fred Thompson quit the race for the White House after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.
One year ago: Longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who'd won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation, died at age 85. The New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game. The New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in the NFC championship game.
Today's birthdays: Former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., is 85. Actress Piper Laurie is 81. Actor Seymour Cassel is 78. Author Joseph Wambaugh is 76. Actor John Hurt is 73. Singer Steve Perry is 64. Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 61. Movie director Jim Jarmusch is 60. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Mike Bossy is 56. Actress Linda Blair is 54. Actress Diane Lane is 48. Actor-rap DJ Jazzy Jeff is 48. Country singer Regina Nicks (Regina Regina) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gay (Shai) is 44. Actor Gabriel Macht is 41. Actor Balthazar Getty is 38. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson is 33. Pop singer Willa Ford is 32. Actress Beverley (cq) Mitchell is 32. Rock singer-musician Ben Moody is 32. Actress Sami Gayle (TV: "Blue Bloods") is 17.
Thought for today: "Advertising has done more to cause the social unrest of the 20th century than any other single factor." -- Clare Boothe Luce, American author, politician and diplomat (1903-1987)
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