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Ten years ago: NASA launched a spacecraft into orbit to measure all of the radiation streaming toward Earth from the sun. Serena Williams survived an error-filled match to beat elder sister Venus 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open for her fourth straight major championship. Marcus Allen, Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure (dih-lah-muh-LOOR'), James Lofton and Hank Stram were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush urged Congress to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action would kickstart the sputtering economy. Democrat Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIH'-nich) abandoned his presidential bid to focus on a tough race for re-election to Congress.
One year ago: U.S. military forces flew into Somalia in a nighttime helicopter raid, freeing an American and a Danish hostage and killing nine pirates. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona returned to Congress to officially tender her resignation a year after she was shot and severely wounded in her home district. First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with celebrity chef Rachael Ray, announced new guidelines for more healthful school meals during a visit with elementary students in Alexandria, Va.
Today's birthdays: Actor Gregg Palmer is 86. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 85. Actor Dean Jones is 82. Country singer Claude Gray is 81. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 70. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 68. Actress Jenifer (cq) Lewis is 56. Actress Dinah Manoff is 55. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 44. Actress China Kantner is 42. Actress Ana Ortiz is 42. Musician Matt Odmark (OHD'-mark) (Jars of Clay) is 39. Actress Mia Kirshner is 38. Actress Christine Lakin is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia (ah-LEE'-shuh) Keys is 32. Actor Michael Trevino (TV: "The Vampire Diaries") is 28.
Thought for today: "There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing." -- Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796)
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