Highlight in History
On Nov. 17, 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed Capitol building.
Ten years ago
John Allen Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings. Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California. Rush Limbaugh returned to radio after five weeks of rehabilitation for a painkiller addiction. Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez won the American League Most Valuable Player award.
Five years ago
In their first meeting since the election, Barack Obama and former rival John McCain met at the president-elect’s transition headquarters in Chicago, where they pledged to work together on ways to change Washington’s “bad habits.” St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols won his second NL MVP award.
One year ago
Workers using jackhammers began opening the concrete-encased grave of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank so that investigators could check for a radioactive substance, polonium-210, as part of a probe into whether he had been poisoned before his death in 2004. A speeding train crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to their kindergarten, killing 48 children and three adults. On the fourth day of an Israeli offensive targeting militants in Gaza, the White House defended Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket fire. Israel broadened its offensive, destroying the headquarters of Hamas’ prime minister.