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Five years ago: The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East resigned amid speculation about a rift over U.S. policy in Iran; Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Adm. William J. Fallon had asked for permission to retire and that Gates agreed. Democrat Barack Obama beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Mississippi primary.
One year ago: Sixteen Afghan villagers - mostly women and children - were shot dead as they slept, allegedly by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, in an attack that reignited fury at the U.S. presence in Afghanistan following a wave of deadly protests over Americans burning Qurans.
Today's birthdays: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 82. ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 79. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 77. Musician Flaco Jimenez (FLAH'-koh hee-MEH'-nez) is 74. Actress Tricia O'Neil is 68. Actor Mark Metcalf is 67. Rock singer-musician Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) is 66. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 63. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 63. Actress Susan Richardson is 61. Recording executive Jimmy Iovine (eye-VEEN') is 60. Singer Nina Hagen is 58. Country singer Jimmy Fortune (The Statler Brothers) is 58. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 56. Actor Elias Koteas (ee-LY-uhs koh-TAY-uhs) is 52. Actor-director Peter Berg is 51. Actor Jeffrey Nordling is 51. Actress Alex Kingston is 50. Country musician David Talbot is 50. Actor Wallace Langham is 48. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., is 48. Actor John Barrowman is 46. Singer Lisa Loeb is 45. Singer Pete Droge is 44. Actor Terrence Howard is 44. Rock musician Rami Jaffee is 44. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 42. Rock singer-musicians Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) are 34. Actor David Anders is 32. Singer LeToya is 32. Actress Thora Birch is 31. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 30. Actor Rob Brown is 29. Actor Anton Yelchin is 24.
Thought for today: "Death destroys a man; the idea of Death saves him." -- E.M. Forster, English author (1879-1970)
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