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Thu., Jan. 1, 1998, midnight

Ten years ago: President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev exchanged optimistic New Year’s greetings.

Five years ago: President Bush continued to tour Somalia, greeting hundreds of cheering youngsters and foreign relief workers at an orphanage in Baidoa.

One year ago: An off-duty Israeli soldier with a history of mental problems opened fire on a crowded vegetable market in Hebron, wounding five people and touching off a stone-throwing demonstration by angry Palestinians.


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