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Ten years ago: Fred Astaire, whose elegance and fancy footwork graced more than 30 films, died at a Los Angeles hospital at age 88.

Five years ago: The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.

One year ago: At their first summit in six years, Arab leaders meeting in Cairo, Egypt, urged Israel to prove its commitment to peace by resuming negotiations without delay.

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