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Ten years ago: The Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program after sinking $6.9 billion into it over 21 years. Education Secretary Rod Paige likened the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, to a "terrorist organization" during a private White House meeting with governors. (Paige later called it a poor choice of words, but stood by his claim the NEA was using "obstructionist scare tactics.")
Five years ago: President Barack Obama pledged to dramatically slash the skyrocketing annual budget deficit as he started to dole out the record $787 billion economic stimulus package he'd signed the previous week.
One year ago: Some 30 NASCAR fans were injured when rookie Kyle Larson's car was propelled by a crash into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, and large chunks of debris — including a tire — flew into the grandstands. The Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first women's bout as Ronda Rousey beat Liz Carmouche on an armbar, her signature move, with 11 seconds left in the first round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Fonda is 74. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff is 71. Author John Sandford is 70. Singer-musician Johnny Winter is 70. Country-rock musician Rusty Young is 68. Actress Patricia Richardson is 63. Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 62. Singer Howard Jones is 59. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 52. Country singer Dusty Drake is 50. Actress Kristin Davis is 49. Tennis player Helena Sukova is 49. Actor Marc Price is 46. Actress Niecy Nash is 44. Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) is 43. Country singer Steve Holy is 42. Rock musician Lasse (loss) Johansson (The Cardigans) is 41. Actress Kelly Macdonald is 38. Actor Josh Gad (Film: "Jobs") is 33. Actress Emily Blunt is 31. Actor Aziz Ansari is 31. Actress Dakota Fanning is 20.
Thought for Today: "If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your mirror." — Francois Rabelais (ra-beh-LAY'), French satirist (1494-1553).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Feb. 23)
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