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Ten years ago: Israel bombed an Islamic Jihad base in Syria in the first Israeli attack deep inside Syrian territory in three decades. A woman opened fire at an Atlanta church before Sunday services, killing her mother and the minister before committing suicide. The Chicago Cubs won their first postseason series since 1908 when they beat Atlanta 5-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the National League playoffs.
Five years ago: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists," referring to his association on a charity board a few years earlier with 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Obama accused John McCain's campaign of trying to distract votes with "smears" rather than talking about substance.
One year ago: A month before the presidential election, unemployment fell to its lowest level, 7.8 percent, since President Barack Obama took office; some Republicans questioned whether the numbers had been manipulated.
Today's birthdays: Actress Glynis Johns is 90. Comedian Bill Dana is 89. Actor Peter Brown is 78. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Arlene Smith (The Chantels) is 72. Singer-musician Steve Miller is 70. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., is 70. Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC/DC) is 66. Actress Karen Allen is 62. Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 61. Rock musician David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 59. Rock singer and famine-relief organizer Bob Geldof is 59. Architect Maya Lin is 54. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 53. Rock singer-musician Dave Dederer is 49. Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 48. Actor Guy Pearce is 46. Actress Josie Bissett is 43. Singer-actress Heather Headley is 39. Pop-rock singer Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) is 39. Rock musician Brian Mashburn (Save Ferris) is 38. Actress Parminder Nagra (pahr-MIHN'-da NAH'grah) is 38. Actor Scott Weinger is 38. Actress Kate Winslet is 38. Rock musician James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 35. Rock musician Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte) is 33. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 30. TV personality Nicky Hilton is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brooke Valentine is 28. Actor Joshua Logan Moore is 19.
Thought for today: "America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered." -- Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)
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