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Five years ago: Badgered by lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the nation's economic crisis was his fault but conceded the meltdown had revealed a flaw in a lifetime of economic thinking and left him in a "state of shocked disbelief." The Tampa Bay Rays evened the World Series at one game apiece by beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2.
One year ago: In a debate with Democratic rival Joe Donnelly, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape, "that's something God intended." Former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky was transferred to a Pennsylvania state prison from the county jail where he'd been held since his conviction on child molestation charges.
Today's birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is 82. Movie director Philip Kaufman is 77. Soccer great Pele (pay-lay) is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 70. ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross is 65. Actor Michael Rupert is 62. Movie director Ang Lee is 59. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 57. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 57. Community activist Martin Luther King III is 56. Movie director Sam Raimi is 54. Parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is 54. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 49. Christian/jazz singer David Thomas (Take 6) is 47. Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 47. Country singer-musician Junior Bryant is 45. Actor Jon Huertas is 44. Movie director Chris Weitz is 44. CNN medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta is 44. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 41. Actress Vivian Bang (TV: "Sullivan & Son") is 40. Rock musician Eric Bass (Shinedown) is 39. TV personality and host Cat Deeley is 37. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 37. Rock singer Matthew Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Miguel is 28. Actress Masiela Lusha (MAH'-see-ella loo-SHA') is 28. Actress Briana Evigan is 27. Actress Jessica Stroup is 27.
Thought for today: "The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism." -- Reinhold Niebuhr, American clergyman and author (1892-1971)
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