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Five years ago: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail for his part in a sex-and-text scandal. (Kilpatrick ended up serving 99 days.)
One year ago: Airlines canceled more than 7,000 flights in advance of Hurricane Sandy, transit systems in New York, Philadelphia and Washington were shut down, and forecasters warned the New York area could see an 11-foot wall of water. President Barrack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney altered their campaign travel plans because of the approaching storm; Obama visited FEMA headquarters in Washington before returning to the White House to monitor Sandy's progress. The San Francisco Giants won their second World Series title in three years, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in extra innings to complete a four-game sweep.
Today's birthdays: Jazz singer Cleo Laine is 86. Actress Joan Plowright is 84. Musician-songwriter Charlie Daniels is 77. Actress Jane Alexander is 74. Singer Curtis Lee is 72. Actor Dennis Franz is 69. Pop singer Wayne Fontana is 68. Actress Telma Hopkins is 65. Olympic track and field gold medalist Bruce Jenner is 64. Actress Annie Potts is 61. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is 58. The former president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd), is 57. Rock musician Stephen Morris (New Order) is 56. Country/gospel singer-musician Ron Hemby (The Buffalo Club) is 55. Rock singer-musician William Reid (The Jesus & Mary Chain) is 55. Actor Mark Derwin is 53. Actress Daphne Zuniga is 51. Actress Lauren Holly is 50. Talk show host-comedian-actress Sheryl Underwood is 50. Actress Jami Gertz is 48. Actor Chris Bauer is 47. Actor-comedian Andy Richter is 47. Actress Julia Roberts is 46. Country singer-musician Caitlin Cary is 45. Actor Jeremy Davies is 44. Singer Ben Harper is 44. Country singer Brad Paisley is 41. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is 39. Singer Justin Guarini ("American Idol") is 35. Pop singer Brett Dennen is 34. Rock musician Dave Tirio (Plain White T's) is 34. Actress Troian Bellisario is 28. Singer/rapper Frank Ocean is 26. Actor Nolan Gould (TV: "Modern Family") is 15.
Thought for today: "I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery." -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss-born French philosopher (1712-1778)
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