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Ten years ago: Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) won a seat in the Turkish parliament, clearing way for him to become prime minister. The film musical "Chicago" tap-danced away with a haul of movie honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best ensemble cast and the lead-actress prize for star Renee Zellweger.
Five years ago: Spain's governing Socialists won a second term, but without a majority in parliament.
One year ago: A high-profile international mission to end the Syrian crisis stumbled before it began as the opposition rejected calls by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan for dialogue with President Bashar Assad as pointless and out of touch after a year of violence. Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom race in Are, Sweden to clinch her fourth overall title.
Today's birthdays: Former Sen. James L. Buckley, Conservative-N.Y., is 90. Singer-actress Keely Smith is 81. Singer Lloyd Price is 80. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 79. Actor-comedian Marty Ingels is 77. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 77. Actress Trish Van Devere is 72. Singer Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders) is 71. Former ABC anchorman Charles Gibson is 70. Rock musician Robin Trower is 68. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 65. Country musician Jimmie Fadden (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 65. Actress Jaime Lyn Bauer is 64. Magazine editor Michael Kinsley is 62. TV newscaster Faith Daniels is 56. Actor Tom Amandes is 54. Actor-director Lonny Price is 54. Actress Linda Fiorentino is 53. Country musician Rusty Hendrix (Confederate Railroad) is 53. Actress Juliette Binoche is 49. Rock musician Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) is 45. Rapper C-Murder (AKA C-Miller) is 42. Actor Emmanuel Lewis is 42. Actress Jean Louisa Kelly is 41. Actor Kerr Smith is 41. Rapper Chingy is 33. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler is 33. Roots rock musician Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) is 30. Actress Brittany Snow is 27. Rapper Bow Wow is 26. Actor Luis Armand Garcia is 21.
Thought for today: "Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life." -- Karl Barth, Swiss theologian (1886-1966)
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