Ten years ago
In Iraq, insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying dozens of U.S. soldiers, killing 16. In Durham, New Hampshire, V. Gene Robinson was consecrated as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. Kenyans ruled the New York City Marathon, with Margaret Okayo shattering the women’s course record and Martin Lel earning his first marathon victory.
Five years ago
Barack Obama and John McCain uncorked massive get-out-the-vote operations in more than a dozen battleground states the Sunday before Election Day. Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, died in Honolulu at age 86. Paula Radcliffe defended her title at the New York City Marathon to become the second woman to win the race three times; Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the men’s race for the second time in three years.
One year ago
In the face of criticism from city officials and residents, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg backed down and announced that the New York City Marathon would be canceled, with much of the city still reeling from the impact of Superstorm Sandy.
As Mitt Romney made his closing argument for his presidential campaign, he warned that re-electing President Barack Obama would threaten another government shutdown and a national default.