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Ten years ago: In Houston, Vice President George Bush formally launched his quest for the Republican presidential nomination. Former Kansas Gov. Alfred “Alf” M. Landon, who ran for president against Franklin Roosevelt, died at his Topeka home at age 100.

Five years ago: Several hundred people were killed when an earthquake struck Cairo, Egypt.

One year ago: President Clinton signed into law the Water Resources Development Act, which authorized federal water projects across the country. Thousands of Hispanic Americans marched in Washington to push for simplified citizenship procedures and a seven-dollar minimum wage.

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