50 years ago, 1963: Maria Goeppert-Mayer, professor of physics at University of California, San Diego, was the second woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in physics. The first winner was Marie Curie in 1903.
25 years ago, 1988: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., angrily rebuked the Reagan administration for announcing a week after Election Day that 80,000 American farmers faced foreclosure due to delinquent loans. The administration claimed the timing was coincidental.
10 years ago, 2003: The Homeland Security Department warned law enforcement that al-Qaida was plotting to fly cargo planes from overseas into such crucial targets in the U.S. as nuclear plants, bridges or dams.