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Five years ago: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's choice of running mate, roused delegates at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., as she belittled Democrat Barack Obama and praised her new boss. Thousands of New Orleans residents who had fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors, while President George W. Bush returned to the scene to show that the government had turned a corner since its bungled response to Katrina. Baseball's first use of instant replay backed an onfield call of a home run for Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of a New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (The Yankees won the game, 8-4.)
One year ago: President Barack Obama consoled victims of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast and stoked the enthusiasm of union voters in the industrial heartland, blending a hard political sell with a softer show of sympathy on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Prolific character actor Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, died in Los Angeles. Sun Myung Moon, 92, a self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church, died in Gapeyeong, South Korea.
Today's birthdays: "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist Mort Walker is 90. Actress Anne Jackson is 88. Actress Pauline Collins is 73. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 71. Actress Valerie Perrine is 70. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 65. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 58. Actor Steve Schirripa is 56. Actor Holt McCallany is 49. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 48. Actor Charlie Sheen is 48. Singer Jennifer Paige is 40. Dance-rock musician Redfoo (LMFAO) is 38. Actress Ashley Jones is 37. Actress Nichole Hiltz is 35. Actor Nick Wechsler is 35. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 29. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 27.
Thought for today: "It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles." -- Muriel Spark, Scottish author (1918-2006)
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