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2006: Former President Gerald R. Ford surpasses former President Ronald Reagan as the longest-lived U.S. president at 93 years and 121 days. Ford would die the following month. This picture of President George W. Bush, Ford and former first lady Betty Ford, taken on April 23, 2006, is the last known public photo of Ford.
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2003: Actor Jonathan Brandis, whose best known role was as Lucas Wolenczak, a teen prodigy on the TV series "seaQuest DSV," dies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, California, of injuries he sustained after hanging himself at the age of 27. Brandis' career also included roles in "The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter," "Stephen King's It," "Ladybugs" and "Sidekicks."
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2001: In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 en route to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground. While the crash initially raised concerns of terrorism, the National Transportation Safety Board would instead attribute the disaster to the first officer's overuse of rudder controls in response to wake turbulence released by a Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400.
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2001: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops. By the time Northern Alliance forces arrived in the afternoon of the following day, only bomb craters, burned foliage and the burnt-out shells of Taliban gun emplacements and positions were there to greet them.