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October 5, 2013

Today in History for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013

(Continued)

-- — Ten years ago

Israel bombed an Islamic Jihad base in Syria in the first Israeli attack deep inside Syrian territory in three decades. A woman opened fire at an Atlanta church before Sunday services, killing her mother and the minister before committing suicide. The Chicago Cubs won their first postseason series since 1908 when they beat Atlanta 5-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the National League playoffs.

Five years ago

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists,” referring to his association on a charity board a few years earlier with 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Obama accused John McCain’s campaign of trying to distract votes with “smears.”

One year ago

A month before the presidential election, unemployment fell to its lowest level, 7.8 percent, since President Barack Obama took office; some Republicans questioned whether the numbers had been manipulated.

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