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Ten years ago: Iranian writer and activist Shirin Ebadi (shih-REEN' eh-BAH'-dee) won the Nobel Peace Prize. Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh announced during his syndicated radio show that he was addicted to painkillers and was checking into a rehab center.
Five years ago: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the government had decided to go forward with a plan to buy a part ownership in a broad array of American banks in response to the financial meltdown. Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled that gay couples had the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions. An Alaska legislative committee released a report saying Gov. Sarah Palin had violated state ethics laws and abused her power by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper. Finland's ex-president Martti Ahtisaari (MAHR'-tee ah-tih-ZAH'-ree) received the Nobel Peace Prize.
One year ago: President Barack Obama conceded he did poorly the previous week in his first debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney, telling ABC he "had a bad night." Romney barnstormed battleground state Ohio and released a new commercial pledging not to raise taxes. The remains of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway were found in a park five days after the suburban Denver fifth-grader disappeared while walking to school. (A 17-year-old boy who lived a mile away was later charged with killing and dismembering her.) Football star-turned-actor Alex Karras died at age 77.
Today's birthdays: Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 83. Actor Peter Coyote is 72. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 67. Singer John Prine is 67. Actor Charles Dance is 67. Rock singer-musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) is 65. Actress Jessica Harper is 64. Author Nora Roberts (aka "J.D. Robb") is 63. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 60. Rock singer David Lee Roth is 59. Actor J. Eddie Peck is 55. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 55. Actress Julia Sweeney is 54. Actor Bradley Whitford is 54. Musician Martin Kemp is 52. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 50. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 48. Rock musician Mike Malinin (mah-LIHN'-ihn) (Goo Goo Dolls) is 46. NFL quarterback Brett Favre is 44. Actress Joelle Carter is 44. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 44. Actor/TV host Mario Lopez is 40. Race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 39. Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is 35. Singer Mya is 34. Actor Dan Stevens (TV: ex-"Downton Abbey") is 31. Singer Cherie is 29. Actress Aimee Teegarden is 24.
Thought for today: "I have a strong moral sense -- by my standards." -- Rex Stout, American writer (1886-1975)
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