Five years ago
President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin (beh-NEEN’) before flying on to Tanzania. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana. A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on an isolated Maryland highway, killing eight people in the early morning darkness.
One year ago
A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a young Nigerian man who’d tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.
New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died of an apparent asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president; he was 43. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died in West Palm Beach, Fla., at age 57.