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Ten years ago: President Reagan and congressional leaders announced agreement on a two-year, $76 billion deficit-reduction plan designed to reassure jittery financial markets.

Five years ago: The United States and the European Community announced they had resolved a dispute over EC farm subsidies, but French officials expressed dissatisfaction. Fire seriously damaged the northwest side of Windsor Castle, the favorite weekend home of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

One year ago: House Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be speaker for a second term. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire broke out in a building in Hong Kong.

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