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Five years ago: Global finance ministers meeting in Washington kept searching for ways to tackle the unfolding financial crisis; in Paris, nations in Europe's single-currency zone agreed to temporarily guarantee bank refinancing and pledged to prevent bank failures. North Korea said it would resume dismantling its main nuclear facilities, hours after the United States removed the communist country from a list of states that sponsored terrorism. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Richard Garriott, the sixth paying space traveler, along with another American and a Russian crew member lifted off from Kazakhstan for the international space station. The Arizona Cardinals became the first team in NFL history to block a punt to score the winning TD in overtime in their 30-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
One year ago: Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clashed in Cairo's Tahrir Square in the first such violence since Morsi took office more than three months earlier. Soft drink makers, restaurateurs and other businesses filed suit to stop New York City from prohibiting the sale of super-sized, sugary drinks in restaurants, cafeterias and concession stands.
Today's birthdays: Actress Antonia Rey is 86. Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 81. Former Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, is 81. Singer Sam Moore (formerly of Sam and Dave) is 78. Broadcast journalist Chris Wallace is 66. Actress-singer Susan Anton is 63. Rock singer-musician Pat DiNizio is 58. Actor Carlos Bernard is 51. Jazz musician Chris Botti (BOH'-tee) is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Claude McKnight (Take 6) is 51. Rock singer Bob Schneider is 48. Actor Hugh Jackman is 45. Actor Adam Rich is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Garfield Bright (Shai) is 44. Country musician Martie Maguire (Courtyard Hounds, The Dixie Chicks) is 44. Actor Kirk Cameron is 43. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller is 36. Actor Marcus T. Paulk ("Moesha") is 27. Actor Josh Hutcherson is 21.
Thought for today: "To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius." -- Minna Antrim, American writer (1861-1950)
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