Five years ago
The government declared that Army scientist Bruce Ivins was solely responsible for the anthrax attacks that killed five and rattled the nation in 2001. (Ivins had committed suicide on July 29.) A United States military jury convicted Osama bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Hamdan, of supporting terrorism in the first war crimes trial at Guantanamo Bay (however, the jury imposed a surprisingly light 5 1/2-year sentence, making Hamdan eligible for parole in five months; the United States later transferred Hamdan to his home country of Yemen, which released him in January 2009.) President George W. Bush, on his Asia tour, met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak; Bush then traveled to Thailand, where he met with Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.
One year ago
Syria’s prime minister, Riad Hijab, defected two months after being forced into taking the position by Syrian President Bashar Assad. Marvin Hamlisch, 68, who composed or arranged the scores for dozens of motion pictures, including “The Sting,” and the Broadway smash “A Chorus Line,” died in Los Angeles, Calif. Art critic and historian Robert Hughes, 74, died in New York.