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Ten years ago: Three Concordes swooped into London's Heathrow Airport, joining in a spectacular finale to the era of luxury supersonic jet travel. International donors pledged more than $33 billion for Iraq's reconstruction in the next four years -- nearly two-thirds of it from the United States. Tiger Woods matched the 55-year-old standard set by Byron Nelson by making the cut in his 113th consecutive PGA Tour event. Se Ri Pak became the first woman to make the two-round cut in a men's golf tournament since Babe Zaharias in 1945.
Five years ago: Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found slain in their Chicago home; the body of her 7-year-old nephew was found three days later. (Hudson's estranged brother-in-law has been arrested in the killings.) A Russian Soyuz capsule touched down in Kazakhstan after delivering the first two men to follow their fathers into space, a Russian and an American, to the international space station.
One year ago: The San Francisco Giants took the first game of the World Series, 8-3, over the Detroit Tigers, as Pablo Sandoval became the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Hurricane Sandy roared across Jamaica and toward Cuba, before taking aim on the eastern United States. On a 40-hour tour of a half-dozen battleground states, President Barack Obama predicted that a second term would bring quick agreement with Republicans to reduce federal deficits and overhaul immigration laws.
Today's birthdays: Football Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle is 87. Rock musician Bill Wyman is 77. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 74. Movie director-screenwriter David S. Ward is 68. Actor Kevin Kline is 66. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE'-see oom-FOO'-may) is 65. Country musician Billy Thomas (Terry McBride and the Ride) is 60. Actor Doug Davidson is 59. Actor B.D. Wong is 53. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 34. Singer-actress Monica Arnold is 33. Actress/comedian Casey Wilson is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Adrienne Bailon (3lw) is 30. R&B singer-rapper-actor Drake is 27. Actress Shenae Grimes is 24.
Thought for today: "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind." -- Bertrand Russell, English philosopher (1872-1970)
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