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Ten years ago: The government of Nicaragua released 985 political prisoners in a show of compliance with a Central American peace plan.

Five years ago: President-elect Bill Clinton met in Little Rock, Ark., with sometime-critic Jesse Jackson, who praised the future chief executive as a leader who could “make the nation whole.”

One year ago: O.J. Simpson took the stand as a hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it was “absolutely not true” that he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Martin Bryant, who gunned down 35 people at Port Arthur, Australia, was sentenced to life behind bars with no chance for parole.

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