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Ten years ago: Speaking at the United Nations, President George W. Bush rejected calls from France and Germany to hasten the transfer of power in Iraq, insisting the shift to self-government could be "neither hurried nor delayed." A federal appeals court unanimously put California's recall election back on the calendar for October 7.
Five years ago: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) accused what he called "a few bullying powers" of trying to thwart his country's peaceful nuclear program and declared in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly that "the American empire" was nearing collapse. A 22-year-old gunman opened fire at his trade school in Finland, killing 10 people before fatally shooting himself.
One year ago: "Homeland" won the Emmy Award for best drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis each won leading actor awards. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters he would spend less time raising money and more time with voters. The Libyan militia suspected in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans said it had disbanded on orders of the country's president.
Today's birthdays: Actor Mickey Rooney is 93. Singer Julio Iglesias is 70. Actor Paul Petersen ("The Donna Reed Show") is 68. Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 66. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 64. Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 58. Actress Rosalind Chao is 56. Golfer Larry Mize is 55. Actor Jason Alexander is 54. Actress Elizabeth Pena is 54. Actor Chi McBride is 52. Country musician Don Herron (BR549) is 51. Actor Erik Todd Dellums is 49. Actress LisaRaye is 47. Singer Ani (AH'-nee) DiFranco is 43. Rock singer Sarah Bettens (K's Choice) is 41. Recording executive Jermaine Dupri is 41. Actor Kip Pardue is 37. Actor Anthony Mackie is 35. Pop singer Erik-Michael Estrada ("Making the Band") is 34. Actress Aubrey Dollar is 33. Tennis player Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN') is 22.
Thought for today: "The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions." -- Susan Sontag, American author and critic (1933-2004)
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