— Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland.
On this date:
Ten years ago: Furious crowds hurled debris and insults at Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (ahb-DUL'-ah-ZEEZ' boot-uh-FLEE'-kuh) when he visited a town devastated by a deadly earthquake. The U.S.-led coalition ordered Iraqis to give up their weapons by mid-June. British actress Rachel Kempson, matriarch of the Redgrave acting dynasty, died in Millbrook, N.Y., four days short of her 93rd birthday.
Five years ago: British actor Rob Knox, 18, who had completed filming a minor role in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," was stabbed to death during a brawl in London. (His attacker, Karl Bishop, was later sentenced to life in prison.) Comedy performer and director Dick Martin of TV's "Laugh-In" fame died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 86.
One year ago: President Barack Obama doubled down on criticism of rival Mitt Romney's background as a venture capitalist, telling a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds there might be value in such experience but "not in the White House." Brian Banks, a former high school football star whose dreams of a pro career were shattered by what turned out to be a false rape accusation, burst into tears as a judge in Long Beach, Calif., threw out the charge that had sent Banks to prison for more than five years.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian Tommy Chong is 75. Singer Bob Dylan is 72. Actor Gary Burghoff is 70. Singer Patti LaBelle is 69. Actress Priscilla Presley is 68. Country singer Mike Reid is 66. Actor Jim Broadbent is 64. Actor Alfred Molina is 60. Singer Rosanne Cash is 58. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is 53. Rock musician Jimmy Ashhurst (Buckcherry) is 50. Rock musician Vivian Trimble is 50. Actor John C. Reilly is 48. Actor Eric Close is 46. Actor Carl Payne is 44. Rock musician Rich Robinson is 44. Actor Dash Mihok is 39. Actor Bryan Greenburg is 35. Actor Owen Benjamin is 33. Actor Billy L. Sullivan is 33. Actor-rapper Jerod Mixon (aka Big Tyme) is 32. Rock musician Cody Hanson (Hinder) is 31. Dancer Mark Ballas (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 27. Country singer Billy Gilman is 25. Actor Cayden Boyd is 19.
Thought for Today: "It is the weakness and danger of republics, that the vices as well as virtues of the people are represented in their legislation." — Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, American author (1830-1885).