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Ten years ago: Aquila al-Hashimi (ah-KEE'-lah ahl HAH'-shee-mee), a member of Iraq's Governing Council, was shot in Baghdad; she died five days later. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (joon-ee-chee-roh koh-ee-zoo-mee) easily won re-election as head of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. A sightseeing helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing all seven on board. Five of six children riding on an all-terrain vehicle in Coffee County, Georgia, were killed when they were hit by a motorist.
Five years ago: The Bush administration asked Congress for the power to buy $700 billion in toxic assets clogging the financial system and threatening the economy as negotiations began on the largest bailout since the Great Depression. A suicide truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killed 53 people, including the Czech ambassador.
One year ago: On a day when thousands of angry Pakistanis tried to make their way to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the embassy aired an ad on Pakistani TV showing President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denouncing an anti-Islamic video produced in the United States. Space shuttle Endeavour landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California en route to its eventual retirement home, the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Today's birthdays: Singer Gogi Grant is 89. Actress-comedian Anne Meara is 84. Actress Sophia Loren is 79. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Taylor is 78. Rock musician Chuck Panozzo is 66. Actor Tony Denison is 64. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy LaFleur is 62. Actress Debbi Morgan is 62. Jazz musician Peter White is 59. Actress Betsy Brantley is 58. Actor Gary Cole is 57. TV news correspondent Deborah Roberts is 53. Country-rock musician Joseph Shreve (Flynnville Train) is 52. Rock musician Randy Bradbury (Pennywise) is 49. Actress Kristen Johnston is 46. Rock singers Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Nelson are 46. Rock musician Ben Shepherd is 45. Actress-model Moon Bloodgood is 38. Actor Jon Bernthal is 37. Singer The Dream is 36. Rock musician Rick Woolstenhulme (WOOL'-sten-hyoolm) (Lifehouse) is 34. Actress Crystle Stewart is 32. Rapper Yung Joc is 31. Actor Aldis Hodge is 27.
Thought for today: "Politics is very much like taxes -- everybody is against them, or everybody is for them as long as they don't apply to him." -- Fiorello La Guardia, New York City mayor (1882-1947)
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