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Ten years ago: In a blunt warning to the United States and Britain, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Russia said they would block any attempt to get U.N. approval for war against Iraq. Thousands of students around the U.S. walked out of classes to protest a possible war. A suicide bus bombing in Haifa, Israel, killed 17 people, including an American teenager. A Kuwaiti policeman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2002 attack that wounded two U.S. soldiers on a Kuwaiti desert highway. Comedian George Miller died in Los Angeles.
Five years ago: John McCain, having sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, got a White House embrace from President George W. Bush, who praised the Arizona senator's "incredible courage and strength of character and perseverance."
One year ago: President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House, where Obama urged pressure and diplomacy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb while Netanyahu emphasized his nation's right to a pre-emptive attack. Assailants waving the battle flag of al-Qaida gunned down 25 policemen in the western Iraqi town of Haditha. Songwriter Robert B. Sherman, 86, who'd collaborated with his brother Richard on such movie musicals as "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," died in London. "Lipstick Killer" William Heirens, 83, died in Chicago after serving more than six decades in prison.
Today's birthdays: Actor James Noble is 91. Actor James B. Sikking is 79. Actor Dean Stockwell is 77. Actor Fred Williamson is 75. Actress Samantha Eggar is 74. Actor Michael Warren is 67. Actor Eddie Hodges is 66. Singer Eddy Grant is 65. Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 61. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 59. Magician Penn Jillette is 58. Actress Adriana Barraza is 57. Rock singers Craig and Charlie Reid (The Proclaimers) are 51. Rock musician John Frusciante (froo-SHAN'-tee) is 43. Singer Rome is 43. Actor Kevin Connolly is 39. Actress Jill Ritchie is 39. Actress Jolene Blalock is 38. Actress Eva Mendes is 38. Model Niki Taylor is 38. Actor Sterling Knight is 24. Actor Jake Lloyd is 24.
Thought for today: "To force opinion is like pushing the magnetized needle round by brute strength until it points to where we wish the North Star stood, rather than to where it really is." -- Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and essayist (1879-1958)
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