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Thu., May 15, 1997, midnight

Ten years ago: President Reagan told a gathering of out-of-town reporters at the White House that he did not consider himself “mortally wounded” by the Iran-Contra affair. (The president also got to relive his radio-announcer days when he complied with a reporter’s request to read a promo for Nashville, Tenn., station WSM.)

Five years ago: A judge in Los Angeles ordered police officer Laurence Powell retried on a charge of excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. (The charge eventually was dropped.)

One year ago: Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole announced he was leaving the Senate after 27 years to challenge President Clinton full time.

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