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Five years ago: Hollywood screen legend and philanthropist Paul Newman died in Westport, Conn. at age 83. In their first debate of the presidential campaign, held at the University of Mississippi, Republican John McCain portrayed himself as a battle-tested elder running against a naive rookie, while Democrat Barack Obama suggested McCain was a hothead who'd made the wrong choices on the Iraq war, corporate taxes and more. Swiss pilot Yves Rossy leapt from a plane over Calais, France, and crossed the English Channel on a homemade jet-propelled wing in 13 minutes.
One year ago: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both campaigned in Ohio, where Romney said his Massachusetts health care law was proof that he cared about ordinary Americans. A judge in Pennsylvania upheld perjury charges against two Penn State administrators in the Jerry Sandusky case. Rebels in Syria set off two car bombs in Damascus that engulfed the army headquarters in flames.
Today's birthdays: Retired baseball All-Star Bobby Shantz is 88. Actor Philip Bosco is 83. Actress Donna Douglas is 81. Actor Richard Herd is 81. South African nationalist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is 77. Country singer David Frizzell is 72. Actor Kent McCord is 71. Television host Anne Robinson is 69. Singer Bryan Ferry is 68. Actress Mary Beth Hurt is 67. Singer Lynn Anderson is 66. Singer Olivia Newton-John is 65. Actor James Keane is 61. Rock singer-musician Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) is 59. Country singer Carlene Carter is 58. Actress Linda Hamilton is 57. Country singer Doug Supernaw is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cindy Herron (En Vogue) is 52. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson is 51. Actor Patrick Bristow is 51. Rock musician Al Pitrelli is 51. Singer Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl) is 51. TV personality Jillian Barberie is 47. Contemporary Christian guitarist Jody Davis (Newsboys) is 46. Actor Jim Caviezel (kuh-VEE'-zuhl) is 45. Actor Ben Shenkman is 45. Singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) is 41. Jazz musician Nicholas Payton is 40. Actor Mark Famiglietti (fah-mihl-YEH'-tee) is 34. Singer-actress Christina Milian (MIHL'-ee-ahn) is 32. Tennis player Serena Williams is 32.
Thought for today: "Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel." -- T.S. Eliot, American-Anglo poet, born on this date in 1888, died 1965
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