SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 1997

Ten years ago: The Supreme Court struck down a Maryland law allowing use of “victim impact statements” at sentencing hearings of a capital case.

Five years ago: Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin arrived in the United States for his summit with President Bush. The Supreme Court ruled the government may kidnap criminal suspects from a foreign country for prosecution. Vice President Dan Quayle, relying on a faulty flash card, erroneously instructed a Trenton, N.J., elementary school student to spell “potato” as “potatoe” during a spelling bee.

One year ago: A truck bomb blew up in a retail district of Manchester, England, injuring more than 200 people in an attack claimed by the Irish Republican Army.

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