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Five years ago: Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, calling him a "transformational figure," during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." The Tampa Bay Rays held off the defending champion Boston Red Sox 3-1 to win the American League championship series in Game 7. Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer famous for his annual worst-dressed list of celebrities, died in Los Angeles at age 86.
One year ago: The Dow Jones industrial average had its worst day in four months, falling 205 points, or 1.5 percent, to 13,344. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 24, or 1.7 percent, to 1,433. And the Nasdaq composite index dropped 67 points to 3,006. The San Francisco Giants cut the Cardinals' lead in the National League Championship Series to 3-2 with a 5-0 victory over St. Louis.
Today's birthdays: Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Robert S. Strauss is 95. Author John le Carre (luh kah-RAY') is 82. Artist Peter Max is 76. Author and critic Renata Adler is 75. Actor Michael Gambon is 73. Actor John Lithgow (LIHTH'-goh) is 68. Feminist activist Patricia Ireland is 68. Singer Jeannie C. Riley is 68. Rock singer-musician Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) is 65. Talk show host Charlie Chase is 61. Rock singer-musician Karl Wallinger (World Party) is 56. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is 55. Singer Jennifer Holliday is 53. Boxer Evander Holyfield is 51. TV host Ty Pennington ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") is 49. Rock singer-musician Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 48. Actor Jon Favreau is 47. Amy Carter is 46. "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker is 44. Comedian Chris Kattan is 43. Rock singer Pras Michel (The Fugees) is 41. Actor Omar Gooding is 37. Country singer Cyndi Thomson is 37. Writer-director Jason Reitman is 36. Actor Benjamin Salisbury is 33. Actress Gillian Jacobs is 31.
Thought for today: "To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something." -- Walker Percy, American author (1916-1990)
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