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Five years ago: Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama put aside politics as they visited ground zero together on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor its victims. ABC News broadcast an interview with John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she was ready to be president if called upon, but sidestepped questions on whether she had the national security credentials needed to be commander in chief.
One year ago: A mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery nightlong attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney toned down the campaign rhetoric and pulled negative ads amid commemorations of the 9/11 attacks, saying it was not a day for politics.
Today's birthdays: Actress Betsy Drake is 90. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, is 89. Actor Earl Holliman is 85. Comedian Tom Dreesen is 74. Movie director Brian De Palma is 73. Rock singer-musician Jack Ely (The Kingsmen) is 70. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 70. Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 68. Actor Phillip Alford is 65. Actress Amy Madigan is 63. Rock singer-musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 60. Sports reporter Lesley Visser is 60. Actor Reed Birney is 59. Singer-songwriter Diane Warren is 57. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club) is 56. Actor Scott Patterson is 55. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style Council) is 55. Actress Roxann Dawson is 55. Actor John Hawkes is 54. Actress Anne Ramsay is 53. Actress Virginia Madsen is 52. Actress Kristy McNichol is 51. Musician-composer Moby is 48. Business reporter Maria Bartiromo is 46. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 46. Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeuw is 45. Actress Taraji (tuh-RAH'-jee) P. Henson is 43. Actress Laura Wright is 43. Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (Lit) is 42. Blogger Markos Moulitsas is 42. Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 38. Rapper Mr. Black is 36. Rock musician Jon Buckland (Coldplay) is 36. Rapper Ludacris is 36. Rock singer Ben Lee is 35. Actor Ryan Slattery is 35. Actress Elizabeth Henstridge is 26. Actor Tyler Hoechlin (HEK'-lihn) is 26. Country singer Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) is 32. Actress Mackenzie Aladjem is 12.
Thought for today: "I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet and author (1772-1834)
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