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Ten years ago: An estimated quarter-million people crowded onto San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate the structure’s 50th birthday a few days before the actual anniversary.

Five years ago: President Bush authorized the Coast Guard to return directly home all Haitian refugees picked up at sea. Al Unser Jr. became the first second-generation winner of the Indianapolis 500; his father, fourtime winner Al Unser, finished third.

One year ago: President Clinton underwent his annual physical at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, where he had a precancerous lesion removed from his nose. On the plus side, his weight was the same as the year before - 216 - and his cholesterol count had improved from 203 to 191.

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