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.”
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.