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Ten years ago: The House approved an $87.5 billion package for Iraq and Afghanistan. Four construction workers were killed when an Atlantic City casino parking garage collapsed.
Five years ago: A federal jury in Miami convicted the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the first case brought under a 1994 U.S. law allowing prosecution for torture and atrocities committed overseas. (Charles McArthur Emmanuel was later sentenced to 97 years in prison.)
One year ago: New York's subways remained shut down, and much of Manhattan was still without power, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Rescuers and staff at a New York City hospital were hailed as heroes for working through the night to evacuate nearly 300 patients, floor-by-floor, after the hospital lost generator power at the height of the storm. Entering the final week of a hard-fought battle for the White House, President Barack Obama stayed off the campaign trail, while Republican Mitt Romney spoke of the needs of storm survivors rather than bashing his rival.
Today's birthdays: Actor Dick Gautier is 76. Movie director Claude Lelouch is 76. Rock singer Grace Slick is 74. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Williams (The Temptations) is 72. Actor Henry Winkler is 68. Broadcast journalist Andrea Mitchell is 67. Rock musician Chris Slade (Asia) is 67. Country/rock musician Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) is 66. Actor Leon Rippy is 64. Actor Harry Hamlin is 62. Actor Charles Martin Smith is 60. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 59. Actor Kevin Pollak is 56. Actor Michael Beach is 50. Rock singer-musician Gavin Rossdale (Bush) is 46. Actor Jack Plotnick is 45. Comedian Ben Bailey is 43. Actress Nia Long is 43. Country singer Kassidy Osborn (SHeDAISY) (sh-DAY'-zee) is 37. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal is 35. Actor Matthew Morrison is 35. Actor Shaun Sipos (SEE'-pohs) is 32. Actress Janel (juh-NEHL') Parrish is 25. Actor Tequan Richmond ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 21.
Thought for today: "When love is not madness, it is not love." -- Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish dramatist (1600-1681)
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