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Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed an executive order restoring the Libyan government's immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing pending compensation cases. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel died in Chicago at age 96.
One year ago: President Barack Obama joined Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a tour of damage along the New Jersey coast from Superstorm Sandy; Christie said he "can't thank the president enough" for his concern and compassion. Wall Street was back in business after a two-day shutdown caused by the storm; stocks finished mixed. With New York's subways shut down, parts of the city were paralyzed by traffic gridlock; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that limited subway service would resume the next day. National Guard troops delivered meals and other supplies and evacuated stranded residents in Hoboken, N.J., amid complaints that relief efforts had been slow.
Today's birthdays: Actress Lee Grant is 88. Former astronaut Michael Collins is 83. Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is 82. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 76. Actor Ron Rifkin is 75. Actress Sally Kirkland is 72. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 71. Actor Brian Doyle-Murray is 68. Actor Stephen Rea is 67. Olympic gold medal long-distance runner Frank Shorter is 66. Actress Deidre Hall is 65. Talk show host Jane Pauley is 63. Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell is 56. Movie director Peter Jackson is 52. Rock musician Larry Mullen is 52. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 50. Rock musician Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) is 50. Rock singer-musician Johnny Marr is 50. Actor Rob Schneider is 49. Country singer Darryl Worley is 49. Actor-comedian Mike O'Malley is 48. Rap musician Adrock is 47. Songwriter Adam Schlesinger (SHLES'-in-jer) is 46. Rap performer Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) is 45. Rock singer Linn Berggren (Ace of Base) is 43. Reality TV host Troy Hartman is 42. Gospel singer Smokie Norful is 40. Actress Piper Perabo (PEER'-uh-boh) is 37. Actor Brian Hallisay is 35. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas is 33. Rock musician Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 32. Actor Scott Clifton is 29. Actress Vanessa Marano is 21. Actress-singer Willow Smith is 13.
Thought for today: "I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." -- Virginia Woolf, English author and critic (1882-1941)
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