Ten years ago: NATO allies urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the intermediate-range missile treaty quickly and underscored their support by pledging to let the Soviet Union inspect missile bases in five European countries.

Five years ago: President-elect Clinton tapped Robert Reich to be labor secretary and Donna Shalala to be secretary of Health and Human Services. A severe storm pounded the upper Atlantic coast with snow, rain and high winds.

One year ago: A China-organized committee of 400 Hong Kong notables elected shipping tycoon Tung Cheehwa to be the first post-colonial leader of Hong Kong.

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