Five years ago
President George W. Bush paid a Memorial Day tribute to America’s fighting men and women who died in battle, saying national leaders must have “the courage and character to follow their lead” in preserving peace and freedom. Chinese officials said they would waive their one-child policy for families with a child who was killed, severely injured or disabled in the country’s devastating earthquake. Oscar-winning movie director Sydney Pollack died in Los Angeles at age 73. Composer Earle H. Hagen, who wrote the themes for “The Andy Griffith Show,” “I Spy,” “The Mod Squad” and other TV shows, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 88.
One year ago
Gruesome video showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in Houla, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria’s 14-month-old uprising.
International space station astronauts floated into the Dragon, a day after its heralded arrival as the world’s first commercial supply ship.