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1999 Scientists announced that a new vaccine against malaria would be tested in monkeys.

2002 American and Belgian officials said Sanjivan Ruprah, a Kenyan diamond mine owner, offered details the arms-trading operations of Victor Bout, a Russian broker described as the head of the world’s largest arms-trafficking organization.

2002 Globalstar, a satellite telephone company, filed for bankruptcy. The company had spent $4 billion to launch a network of 48 communications satellites.

2002 Howard K Smith, a war correspondent and news analyst (ABC co-anchor), died in Bethesda, Md.

2002 In Britain, asylum seekers rioted at the Yarl’s Wood institution near Bedford and 20 escaped. 10 people were captured.

2003 Millions of protesters, many of them marching in the capitals of America’s allies, demonstrated against the possible United States plans to attack Iraq.

2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr, an American race car driver, won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier.

2005 Defrocked priest, Paul Shanley, was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges.

2005 Christopher Pittman, a teen who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft had driven him to kill his grandparents at age 12, was found guilty in Charleston of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

2007 A new version of the US $1 coin, paying tribute to American presidents, went into general circulation.

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