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When historians look back on what is being called the Great Recession, Sept. 15, 2008 will be a key date in a time line of tragic events that, one by one, fundamentally changed the American and global economy. That's the day the country's fourth-largest investment bank, Lehman Brothers, filed the largest bankruptcy in history.
Like any great drama, the weeks and months that led up to the spectacular, and still controversial, decision by federal policymakers to let Lehman fail, has a large cast of lead actors and supporting players. A year after the collapse, here's a look at some of those personalities, and where they are today.