Ten years ago
As thousands of anti-war demonstrators protested outside, President George W. Bush thanked Australia for sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan as he spoke to the country’s Parliament. Later in the day, the president concluded his Pacific trip with a visit to Hawaii, where he dropped flowers into the water at the sunken battleship USS Arizona. Madame Chiang Kai-shek, widow of the Chinese nationalist leader, died in New York at age 105. In Game 5 of the World Series, the Florida Marlins beat the New York Yankees 6-4, bringing the team within one game of winning the baseball championship.
Five years ago
Badgered by lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the nation’s economic crisis was his fault but conceded the meltdown had revealed a flaw in a lifetime of economic thinking and left him in a “state of shocked disbelief.” The Tampa Bay Rays evened the World Series at one game apiece by beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2.
One year ago
In a debate with Democratic rival Joe Donnelly, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape, “that’s something God intended.” Former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky was transferred to a Pennsylvania state prison from the county jail where he’d been held since his conviction on child molestation charges.