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July 30, 2013

Today in History

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Five years ago: President George W. Bush quietly signed a housing bill he'd once threatened to veto; it was intended to rescue some cash-strapped homeowners in fear of foreclosure. Amid corruption allegations and his own plummeting popularity, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (EH'-hood OHL'-murt) announced he would resign. Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (RA'-doh-van KA'-ra-jich) was extradited to The Hague to face genocide charges after nearly 13 years on the run. Republican Party stalwart and onetime U.S. ambassador to Britain Anne Armstrong died in Houston at age 80.

One year ago: Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, on a visit to Israel, outraged Palestinians by telling Jewish donors that their culture was part of the reason Israel was more economically successful than the Palestinians. American teenager Missy Franklin won the women's 100-meter backstroke before Matt Grevers led a 1-2 finish for the U.S. in the same men's race. The Chinese won their second straight Olympic title in men's gymnastics and third in four games after a dismal performance in qualifying.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Johnson is 86. Actor Edd (correct) "Kookie" Byrnes is 80. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is 79. Blues musician Buddy Guy is 77. Movie director Peter Bogdanovich is 74. Feminist activist Eleanor Smeal is 74. Former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., is 73. Singer Paul Anka is 72. Jazz musician David Sanborn is 68. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 66. Actor William Atherton is 66. Actor Jean Reno (zhahn rih-NOH') is 65. Blues singer-musician Otis Taylor is 65. Actor Frank Stallone is 63. Actor Ken Olin is 59. Actress Delta Burke is 57. Law professor Anita Hill is 57. Singer-songwriter Kate Bush is 55. Country singer Neal McCoy is 55. Actor Richard Burgi is 55. Movie director Richard Linklater is 53. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 52. Actress Lisa Kudrow is 50. Bluegrass musician Danny Roberts (The Grascals) is 50. Country musician Dwayne O'Brien is 49. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 49. Actor Terry Crews is 45. Actor Simon Baker is 44. Movie director Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Night") is 43. Actor Tom Green is 42. Rock musician Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) is 42. Actress Christine Taylor is 42. Actor-comedian Dean Edwards is 40. Actress Hilary Swank is 39. Olympic gold medal beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor is 36. Actress Jaime Pressly is 36. Alt-country singer-musician Seth Avett (AY'-veht) is 33. Actress April Bowlby is 33. Actress Yvonne Strahovski (TV: "Chuck") is 31.

Thought for Today: "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." — Henry Ford, American auto manufacturer (1863-1947).

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