Ten years ago: Soviet Defense Minister Sergei L. Sokolov and the chief of Soviet air defenses were fired two days after West German pilot Mathias Rust entered Soviet airspace in a small plane and flew all the way to Moscow’s Red Square.

Five years ago: President Bush ordered the seizure of Yugoslav government assets in the United States after the United Nations imposed sanctions in an effort to force Yugoslavia to observe a cease-fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

One year ago: The House called off a contempt-of-Congress vote after President Clinton’s aides turned over 1,000 pages of papers and a long-sought list of documents in the White House travel office firings.

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