Ten years ago: Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago, died at age 65 after suffering a heart attack in his City Hall office.

Five years ago: The Commerce Department reported that the gross domestic product had advanced at a brisk 3.9 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 1992.

One year ago: President Clinton persuaded Pacific Rim leaders to accept the year 2000 as a deadline for cutting tariffs on information technology. Testifying for a second day at a civil trial, O.J. Simpson again denied killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but couldn’t explain how blood believed to be the victims’ got into his Bronco, or how he suffered hand cuts.

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