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Ten years ago: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran and North Korea to abandon suspected nuclear-weapons programs but disagreed over how to deal with both countries; Putin also declined at the end of a two-day summit at Camp David to pledge any postwar help for Iraq. Entertainer Donald O'Connor died in Calabasas, Calif., at age 78.
Five years ago: China marked its first spacewalk as astronaut Zhai Zhigang (zheye zhu-dawng) floated outside the Shenzhou 7 for 13 minutes.
One year ago: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, holding a diagram of a cartoon-like bomb, told the U.N. General Assembly that the world had only a matter of months to stop Iran before it could build a nuclear bomb. NFL referees returned to the field, after a tentative deal with the league ended a lockout; games had been marred by controversy, blown calls and confusion as substitute referees officiated during the first three weeks of the season.
Today's birthdays: Actress Jayne Meadows is 93. Actress Kathleen Nolan is 80. Actor Wilford Brimley is 79. Actor Claude Jarman Jr. is 79. Author Barbara Howar is 79. World Golf Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth is 74. Singer-musician Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 70. Rock singer Meat Loaf is 66. Actress Liz Torres is 66. Actor A Martinez is 65. Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is 64. Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is 63. Singer Shaun Cassidy is 55. Comedian Marc Maron is 50. Rock singer Stephan (STEE'-fan) Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) is 49. Actor Patrick Muldoon is 45. Singer Mark Calderon is 43. Actress Amanda Detmer is 42. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is 41. Rock singer Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) is 35. Christian rock musician Grant Brandell (Underoath) is 32. Actress Anna Camp is 31. Rapper Lil' Wayne is 31. Singer Avril Lavigne (AV'-rihl la-VEEN') is 29.
Thought for today: "Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once." -- Lillian Dickson, American missionary (1901-1983)
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