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Ten years ago: California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger their new governor. Turkey's parliament voted overwhelmingly to allow Turkish troops to be sent to Iraq. Ten Southeast Asian nations signed an accord establishing a Europe-like economic community by 2020. American scientists Alexei Abrikosov and Anthony Leggett and Russian Vitaly Ginzburg won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in how matter can behave at extremely low temperatures.
Five years ago: The misery worsened on Wall Street, as the Dow lost more than 500 points and all the major indexes slid more than 5 percent. In their second presidential debate, held at Belmont University in Nashville, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain clashed repeatedly over the causes and cures for the economic crisis. Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa of Japan and Yoichiro Nambu of the United States won the Nobel Prize in physics.
One year ago: Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced that President Hugo Chavez had won re-election for the third time. (Chavez died in March 2013 at age 58 after at two-year battle with cancer.)
Today's birthdays: Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 82. Comedian Joy Behar (TV: ex-"The View") is 71. Former National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.) is 70. Rock musician Kevin Godley (10cc) is 68. Actress Jill Larson is 66. Country singer Kieran Kane is 64. Singer John Mellencamp is 62. Rock musician Ricky Phillips is 62. Actress Mary Badham (Film: "To Kill a Mockingbird") is 61. Actress Christopher Norris is 60. Rock musician Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 60. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 58. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 56. Actor Dylan Baker is 55. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell (TV: "The X Factor") is 54. Rock musician Charlie Marinkovich (Iron Butterfly) is 54. Country singer Dale Watson is 51. Pop singer Ann Curless (Expose) is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 46. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 45. Rock musician-dancer Leeroy Thornhill is 44. Actress Nicole Ari Parker is 43. Actress Allison Munn is 39. Rock singer-musician Damian Kulash (KOO'-lahsh) is 38. Singer Taylor Hicks ("American Idol") is 37. Actor Omar Benson Miller is 35. Electronic musician Flying Lotus (AKA Stephen Ellison) is 30. MLB player Evan Longoria is 28. Actress Amber Stevens is 27.
Thought for today: "If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life." -- James Michener, American author (1907-1997)
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