Ten years ago
Allies of President Vladimir Putin won a sweeping victory in Russia’s parliamentary elections. Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth of Britain and its former colonies, which had suspended it for alleged abuses of civil liberties.
Five years ago
President-elect Barack Obama introduced retired Gen. Eric Shinseki as his choice to head the Veterans Affairs Department. Actress-singer Barbra Streisand, actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who received Kennedy Center Honors.
One year ago
The Supreme Court agreed to consider California’s ban on same-sex marriage and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally-married gay couples. A hospital nurse in London was found dead in an apparent suicide; days earlier, the nurse had been a victim of a prank telephone call from Australian radio disc jockeys impersonating Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.