Five years ago
An Israeli warplane dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of one of Hamas’ top five decision-makers, instantly killing him and 18 others. The U.S. formally transferred control of the Green Zone to Iraqi authorities in a pair of ceremonies that also handed back Saddam Hussein’s former palace. Russia made good on its threat to cut off all natural gas supplies to Ukraine. Six-term Rhode Island Sen. Claiborne Pell died at age 90. The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 in the Winter Classic at chilly Wrigley Field. No. 5 Southern California defeated No. 6 Penn State 38-24 in the 95th Rose Bowl.
One year ago
The Senate approved a compromise in the small hours to avert the “fiscal cliff” and sent it to the House, which approved it in a late-night vote. In Maryland, same-sex marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line. In Pakistan, gunmen on motorcycles sprayed a van carrying employees from a community center with bullets, killing five female teachers and two aid workers. A New Year’s stampede in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, claimed 64 lives. No. 8 Stanford held off Wisconsin 20-14 in the 99th Rose Bowl.
Singer Patti Page, 85, died in Encinitas, Calif.