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Five years ago: President George W. Bush sent lawmakers a $70 billion request to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into the following spring. Al-Jazeera TV cameraman Sami al-Haj was released from U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and returned home to Sudan after six years of imprisonment. Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, leading to an eventual official death toll of 84,537, with 53,836 listed as missing. Mildred Loving, a black woman whose challenge to Virginia's ban on interracial marriage led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws across the United States, died in Milford, Va., at age 68.
One year ago: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich formally exited the Republican presidential contest. Taliban insurgents attacked a compound housing foreigners in the Afghan capital, killing seven people, hours after President Barack Obama made a surprise visit. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Myanmar's military-backed parliament. Former NFL star Junior Seau was found shot to death at his home in Oceanside, Calif., a suicide. Jered Weaver pitched the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks, completely overmatching Minnesota and leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-0 win over the Twins.
Today's birthdays: Actor Theodore Bikel is 89. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 77. Actress and political activist Bianca Jagger is 68. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 68. Singer Lesley Gore is 67. Actor David Suchet (SOO'-shay) is 67. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 65. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 63. Actress Christine Baranski is 61. Singer Angela Bofill is 59. Movie director Stephen Daldry is 53. Actress Elizabeth Berridge is 51. Country singer Ty Herndon is 51. Actress Mitzi Kapture is 51. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 44. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is 41. Soccer player David Beckham is 38. Actress Jenna Von Oy is 36. Actress Ellie Kemper is 33. Actor Robert Buckley is 32. Actor Gaius (GY'-ehs) Charles is 30. Pop singer Lily Rose Cooper is 28. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes is 28. Rock musician Jim Almgren (Carolina Liar) is 27. Actress Kay Panabaker is 23.
Thought for today: "Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything." -- Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (1813-1887)
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