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Ten years ago: Iraq crushed another six Al Samoud II missiles, as ordered by U.N. weapons inspectors. Landlocked Switzerland became the first European country to win the America's Cup as Alinghi swept Team New Zealand in five races.
Five years ago: Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin's hand-picked successor, scored a crushing victory in Russia's presidential election. Four adults and two children were slain in a shooting and stabbing rampage at a Memphis, Tenn., house; three children survived. (Jessie Dotson, brother of one of the victims, was convicted of six counts of murder and sentenced to death.)
One year ago: Some 40 people were killed by tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. President Barack Obama made a supportive phone call to law student Sandra Fluke (fluhk), who'd testified before Congress about the need for birth control coverage, only to be called a "slut" on the air by talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Feb. 29 (Limbaugh apologized to Fluke on March 3). The NFL said it had found between 22 and 27 New Orleans Saints players had participated in a bounty program targeting opponents over the previous three seasons. Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams, adding a second wild-card in each league.
Today's birthdays: Actor John Cullum is 83. Author Tom Wolfe is 83. Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is 82. Actress Barbara Luna is 74. Author John Irving is 71. Singer Lou Reed is 71. Actress Cassie Yates is 62. Actress Laraine Newman is 61. Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., is 60. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is 58. Singer Jay Osmond is 58. Pop musician John Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 57. Tennis player Kevin Curren is 55. Country singer Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) is 54. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi is 51. Blues singer-musician Alvin Youngblood Hart is 50. Actor Daniel Craig is 45. Rock musician Casey (Jimmie's Chicken Shack) is 37. Rock singer Chris Martin (Coldplay) is 36. Actress Heather McComb is 36. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is 32. NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 31. Actor Robert Iler is 28.
Thought for today: "Just as we are often moved to merriment for no other reason than that the occasion calls for seriousness, so we are correspondingly serious when invited too freely to be amused." -- Agnes Repplier, American essayist (1858-1950)
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