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Ten years ago: Israeli commandos killed a Hamas bombmaker in a firefight and pulverized the West Bank apartment building in which he had been hiding. Hurricane Fabian slammed into Bermuda, killing four people. Singer-actress Gisele MacKenzie died in Burbank, Calif., at age 76.
Five years ago: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice became the highest-ranking American official in half a century to visit Libya, where she met Moammar Gadhafi. Europe's Rosetta space probe flew by the Steins asteroid 250 million miles from Earth. Publishing giant Robert Giroux, who'd guided and supported dozens of great writers from T.S. Eliot and Jack Kerouac to Bernard Malamud and Susan Sontag, died in Tinton Falls, N.J., at age 94.
One year ago: In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., former President Bill Clinton proclaimed, "I know we're coming back" from the worst economic mess in generations, and he appealed to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.
Today's birthdays: Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker is 86. Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 84. Actress-singer Carol Lawrence is 81. Actor William Devane is 74. Actor George Lazenby is 74. Actress Raquel Welch is 73. Movie director Werner Herzog is 71. Singer Al Stewart is 68. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 67. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 67. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 67. "Cathy" cartoonist Cathy Guisewite (GYZ'-wyt) is 63. Actor Michael Keaton is 62. Country musician Jamie Oldaker (The Tractors) is 62. Actress Debbie Turner-Larson (Film: Marta in "The Sound of Music") is 57. Actress Kristian Alfonso is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Terry Ellis is 50. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 45. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 44. Actress Rose McGowan is 40. Actor Andrew Ducote is 27. Actress Kat Graham is 27. Olympic gold medal figure skater Kim Yu-na is 23. Actor Skandar Keynes is 22.
Thought for today: "History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all." -- Fernand Braudel, French historian (1902-1985)
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