50 years ago, 1963: The State Department said shipments of U.S. military equipment and supplies to Laos was in accord with the 1962 Geneva Agreement because it was in response to a request from the Laotian government. The U.S. provided maintenance supplies, equipment and spare parts to assist the Lao armed forces.
25 years ago, 1988: The Soviet Union, which invaded Afghanistan in 1979, and was unable to crush the fiercely devoted rebels, agreed to withdraw its forces under U.N.-mediated accords signed in April of 1988. Afghan President Najibulla estimated the rebel guerrillas controlled 80 percent of the countryside and 40 percent of the towns.
10 years ago, 2003: Alarmed that Ireland had become one of the hardest-drinking countries in Europe, the government announced it planned to require health warnings on alcoholic drinks and limit liquor adds that invaded every corner of Irish life. The Prime Minister said Dublin youth should not be exposed to saturation marketing of alcohol, which fueled a new 'drink to get drunk' culture.