Ten years ago: Yielding to student protests, the board of trustees of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired, chose I. King Jordan to become the school’s first deaf president, replacing Elisabeth Ann Zinser, a hearing woman.

Five years ago: A deadly blizzard paralyzed much of the East Coast, leaving more than 100 dead in its wake. The Russian Congress adjourned after seriously weakening President Boris Yeltsin’s power.

One year ago: A Jordanian soldier fired on Israeli junior high school girls on a field trip, killing seven of them. The soldier, Cpl. Ahmed Daqamseh, was later sentenced by a military court to life in prison.

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