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Five years ago: Wall Street ended a tumultuous week that turned out to be its best in five years. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points, closing at 8,852.22, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains -- a record 936-point jump the previous Monday and an increase of 401 points on Thursday. Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs died in Detroit at age 72.
One year ago: Federal authorities in New York said a Bangladeshi student was arrested in an FBI sting after he tried to detonate a phony 1,000-pound truck bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan. (Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis later pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.) Nike said it was cutting its ties with Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that the cyclist participated in doping and misled the company for more than a decade. The St. Louis Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series by beating San Francisco 3-1 in a game delayed three and a-half hours by rain at Busch Stadium.
Today's birthdays: Actress Marsha Hunt is 96. Actress Julie Adams is 87. Newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin is 83. Country singer Earl Thomas Conley is 72. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 71. Singer Gary Puckett is 71. Actor Michael McKean is 66. Actress Margot Kidder is 65. Actor George Wendt is 65. Actor-singer Bill Hudson is 64. Astronaut Mae Jemison is 57. Country singer Alan Jackson is 55. Movie critic Richard Roeper is 54. Movie director Rob Marshall is 53. Actor Grant Shaud is 53. Animator Mike Judge is 51. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 50. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald is 50. Singer Rene' Dif is 46. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 45. Golfer Ernie Els is 44. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) is 42. Rapper Eminem is 41. Singer Wyclef Jean (zhahn) is 41. Actress Sharon Leal is 41. Actor Matthew Macfadyen is 39. Rock musician Sergio Andrade (an-DRAY'-day) is 36. Actor Chris Lowell is 29. Actor Dee Jay Daniels is 25.
Thought for today: "The thinking of a genius does not proceed logically. It leaps with great ellipses. It pulls knowledge from God knows where." -- Dorothy Thompson, American journalist (1894-1961).
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