Five years ago: Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations grudgingly agreed to attend an upcoming U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference, despite failing to get any guarantee of Israeli concessions. Lebanon’s President Emile Lahoud (ee-MEEL’ lah-HOOD’) left office without a successor after announcing he was handing over security powers to the army. A Canadian cruise ship, the MS Explorer, struck submerged ice off Antarctica and began taking on water, but all 154 passengers and crew took to lifeboats and were plucked to safety by a passing cruise ship.
One year ago: Yemen’s authoritarian President Ali Abdullah Saleh (AH’-lee ahb-DUH’-luh sah-LEH’) agreed to step down amid a fierce uprising to oust him after 33 years in power.
Thought for Today: “I’m a realist and so I think regretting is a useless occupation. You help no one with it. But you can’t live without illusions even if you must fight for them, such as ’love conquers all.’ It isn’t true, but I would like it to be.” — Marlene Dietrich, German-born actress (1901-1992).