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Ten years ago: Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy that was filled by Anthony M. Kennedy.

Five years ago: Navy Secretary H. Lawrence Garrett III resigned, accepting responsibility for a “leadership failure” that resulted in the Tailhook sex-abuse scandal. Willie L. Williams was sworn in as Los Angeles police chief, succeeding Daryl Gates.

One year ago: The Supreme Court ordered Virginia Military Academy to admit women or forgo state support. Former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum took the blame for the FBI files controversy; White House security chief Craig Livingstone resigned. President Clinton and leaders of the world’s other industrial powers gathered in Lyon, France.

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