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Ten years ago: International organizations continued their exodus from Iraq in the wake of car bombings in the capital and attacks against coalition troops. A powerful geomagnetic storm walloped the Earth, knocking out some airline communications but apparently causing no large power outages or other major problems. Opera star Franco Corelli died in Milan, Italy, at age 82.
Five years ago: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southwestern Pakistan killed at least 215 people. Nearly 50 hours after Game 5 started but was stopped by rain, the Philadelphia Phillies finished off the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a three-inning sprint to win the World Series for the first time since 1980.
One year ago: Superstorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey and slowly marched inland. It swamped lower Manhattan with a 13-foot surge of seawater, devastated New Jersey coastal communities and left more than 8 million people without power. The storm and its aftermath would kill more than 100 people in the United States.
Today's birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers) is 76. Country singer Lee Clayton is 71. Rock musician Denny Laine is 69. Singer Melba Moore is 68. Musician Peter Green is 67. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 66. Actress Kate Jackson is 65. The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, is 63. Actor Dan Castellaneta ("The Simpsons") is 56. Country musician Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 56. Comic strip artist Tom Wilson ("Ziggy") is 56. Actress Finola Hughes is 54. Singer Randy Jackson is 52. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 48. Actress Joely Fisher is 46. Rapper Paris is 46. Actor Rufus Sewell is 46. Actor Grayson McCouch (mih-COOCH') is 45. Rock singer SA Martinez (311) is 44. Musician Toby Smith is 43. Actress Winona Ryder is 42. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 41. Actor Trevor Lissauer is 40. Actress Gabrielle Union is 40. Olympic gold medal bobsledder Vonetta Flowers is 40. Actress Milena Govich is 37. Actor Jon Abrahams is 36. Actor Brendan Fehr is 36. Actor Ben Foster is 33. Rock musician Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) is 29. Actress India Eisley (TV: "The Secret Life of the American Teenager") is 20.
Thought for today: "It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good." -- Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978)
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