Five years ago
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced his country would halve its remaining troop contingent in Iraq in the spring of 2008. (Britain ended up postponing the withdrawal amid a spike in militia violence.) Michael Devlin was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping one of two boys he’d held captive in his suburban St. Louis apartment. (Devlin pleaded guilty the next day to dozens of other counts, resulting in a total of 74 life sentences.) Americans Mario R. Capecchi, Oliver Smithies and Briton Martin J. Evans won the 2007 Nobel Prize in medicine. Racing great John Henry, the thoroughbred who’d earned more than $6.5 million before retiring as a gelding, was euthanized at the Kentucky Horse Park at age 32.
One year ago
Scott Anderson became the Presbyterian Church’s first openly gay ordained minister during a ceremony at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis. The Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 3-2 in Game 1 of the AL championship series.
Al Davis, the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders, died at age 82.