Ten years ago: Former national security aides Oliver L. North and John M. Poindexter and businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim pleaded innocent to Iran-Contra charges. North and Poindexter were convicted but had their convictions thrown out; Secord and Hakim received probation after each pleaded guilty under a plea bargain.

Five years ago: Ezer Weizman was elected Israel’s seventh president. A cab driver suspected in the World Trade Center bombing was flown back to the United States from Egypt.

One year ago: Vice President Gore arrived in China for the highest-level U.S. visit in eight years. At the 69th Annual Academy Awards, “The English Patient” won Best Picture and Best Director (Anthony Minghella); Geoffrey Rush won Best Actor for “Shine,” and Frances McDormand won Best Actress for “Fargo.”

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