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BIRTH­DAYS

Clas­si­cal pi­anist Gary

Graffman is 90. Movie

direc­tor Car­roll Bal­lard is 81. For­mer White House coun­sel John W. Dean III is

80. Coun­try singer Melba Mont­gomery is 81. Fash­ion

de­signer Ralph Lau­ren is

79. Singer Sir Cliff Richard is 78. Singer-mu­si­cian

Justin Hay­ward (The Moody Blues) is 72. Ac­tor

Greg Evi­gan is 65. TV per­son­al­ity Ar­leen Sorkin is 63. World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel is 62. Singer-mu­si­cian Thomas Dolby is 60. Ac­tress Lori Petty is 55. For­mer New York Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi is 54. Ac­tor Steve Coogan is 53. Singer Karyn White is 53. Ac­tor Ed­ward Kerr is 52. Ac­tor Jon Seda is 48. Coun­try mu­si­cian

Doug Vir­den is 48. Coun­try singer Natalie

Maines (The Dixie Chicks) is 44. Ac­tress-singer

Shaz­nay Lewis (All Saints)

is 43. Singer Usher is 40. TV per­son­al­ity Stacy

Keibler is 39. Ac­tor Ben Whishaw is 38. Ac­tor

Jor­dan Brower is 37.

Direc­tor Benh Zeitlin is 36.

TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

In 1912, Theodore Roo­sevelt, cam­paign­ing for the pres­i­dency, was shot in the chest in Mil­wau­kee. De­spite the wound, he went ahead with a sched­uled speech.

In 1926, “Win­nie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne was first pub­lished by Methuen & Co. of Lon­don.

In 1933, Nazi Ger­many an­nounced it was with­draw­ing from the League of Na­tions.

In 1939, a Ger­man U-boat tor­pe­doed and sank the HMS Royal Oak, a Bri­tish bat­tle­ship an­chored at Scapa Flow in Scot­land’s Orkney Is­lands; 833 of the more than 1,200 men aboard were killed.

In 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yea­ger be­came the first test pi­lot to break the sound bar­rier as he flew the ex­per­i­men­tal Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in Cal­i­for­nia.

In 1964, civil rights leader Mar­tin Luther King Jr. was named win­ner of the No­bel Peace Prize.

In 1968, the first suc­cess­ful live tele­cast from a manned U.S. space­craft was trans­mit­ted from Apollo 7.

In 1977, singer Bing Crosby died out­side Madrid, Spain, at age 74.

In 2001, as U.S. jets opened a sec­ond week of raids in Afghanistan, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush re­jected a Tal­iban of­fer to dis­cuss hand­ing over Osama bin Laden to a third coun­try.

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