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Five years ago: Troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed in government conservatorship. Hurricane Ike roared across low-lying islands in the Atlantic as a Category 4 storm. Serena Williams outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 to win her third U.S. Open championship and ninth Grand Slam title. Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins died in El Paso, Texas, at age 78. Mystery author Gregory Mcdonald (cq) died in Pulaski, Tenn., at age 71. Astroland, New York City's world famous amusement park at Coney Island, closed after 46 years. Britney Spears won three MTV Video Music Awards, including video of the year for "Piece of Me."
One year ago: The Labor Department reported that employers had added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July. Twin earthquakes and a spate of aftershocks struck southwestern China, toppling thousands of houses and killing at least 64 people. Dorothy McGuire Williamson, 84, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis as the popular McGuire Sisters, died in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Today's birthdays: Jazz musician Sonny Rollins is 83. Actor Bruce Gray is 77. Singer Alfa Anderson (Chic) is 67. Actress Susan Blakely is 65. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 64. Rock singer Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) is 62. Actress Julie Kavner is 62. Rock musician Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 60. Actor Corbin Bernsen is 59. Actor Michael Emerson is 59. Pianist Michael Feinstein is 57. Singer Margot Chapman is 56. Actor W. Earl Brown is 50. Actor Toby Jones is 47. Model-actress Angie Everhart is 44. Actress Diane Farr is 44. Country singer Butter (Trailer Choir) is 43. Actress Monique Gabriela Curnen is 43. Actor Tom Everett Scott is 43. Rock musician Chad Sexton (311) is 43. Actress Shannon Elizabeth is 40. Actor Oliver Hudson is 37. Actor Devon Sawa (SAH'-wuh) is 35. Singer-musician Wes Willis (Rush of Fools) is 27. Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 26.
Thought for today: "People do not live in the present always, at one with it. They live at all kinds of and manners of distance from it, as difficult to measure as the course of planets. Fears and traumas make their journeys slanted, peripheral, uneven, evasive." -- Anais Nin, American writer (1903-1977)
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