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2013: PRINCE HARRY MIGHT HAVE FOUND A PRINCESS
Two years after Will and Kate's wedding, rumors began swirling amongst royal watchers that Prince Harry was getting ready to follow his brother down the aisle with his new girlfriend, Cressida Bonas. Still, a palace insider tried to quash the rumors, telling PEOPLE, "The Queen and royal family would like them to wait a bit – to test the relationship." The couple eventually split in 2014.
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2012: ADELE, AFTER 21
We're all currently waiting (im)patiently for her third album to be released in November, but three years ago, Adele was riding high off of having the biggest album in the world, winning 6 Grammys and two BRIT Awards and preparing for the arrival of her first child. "She's very down-to-earth and unaffected by fame," Barbara Broccoli, who worked with Adele on the Bond theme "Skyfall," told PEOPLE. "For someone so young, she has this wonderful wisdom. And she seems to be very sure of who she is."
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2011: REMEMBERING STEVE JOBS
The world mourned when tech visionary Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 56, after a lifetime spent innovating and creating such revolutionary products as the iPhone, iPod and Mac computers. "In a world littered with dull objects, he brought the beauty of clean lines and clear thought," U2 frontman and Jobs friend, Bono, said after Jobs' death. "He changed music. He changed film. He changed the personal computer and turned telephony on its head while he was at it. He was tenacious in the extreme, his toughness never more evident than these past few years in his fight for his life."
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2007: MAMA SPEARS RUSHES TO BRITNEY'S SIDE
After a tumultuous few months that included an estrangement from her parents, erratic behavior and constant paparazzi attention, life began to settle down some for Britney Spears once she reconciled with her mother, Lynne Spears, after temporarily losing custody of her children. "She has always listened to her mother before, and if anyone can get her attention, it'll be Lynne," a friend of Spears' told PEOPLE. "Britney is just a mama's girl at heart."
Also in This Issue: Hanson singer Isaac Hanson survives a life-threatening blood clot
2006: FARRAH FAWCETT'S FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
Charlie's Angels fans the world over were shocked in 2006 when '70s icon Fawcett was diagnosed with cancer. "Farrah says to tell you that she's feeling good, that everything is under control," her close friend Pat Van Patten told PEOPLE. "She has chosen to have the aggressive treatment. There is a high curability for what she has. They are going to shrink the tumor. She's going to attack it. She said to tell you that she will be in a weakened condition for a while and won't look that good. But her spirits are good. Her father is here, and Ryan [O'Neal] and her son are with her. She's going to take care of it." Despite being declared cancer-free four months later, Fawcett's cancer came back in 2007, and she lost her battle in 2009 at age 62.
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2005: TOM & KATIE HAVE A BABY ON THE WAY
Just six months into Cruise and Holmes' whirlwind romance, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. "He called me up the night before the news broke," Cruise's friend, director Cameron Crowe, told PEOPLE. "He's already an enthusiastic guy, so you can imagine how happy he was."
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1998: COURTENEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE ARE ENGAGED
Her character, Monica Gellar, might have been unlucky in love back in 1998, but Cox was on cloud nine when Arquette popped the question after two years of dating. "It's one of those cases where opposites attract and complement each other in wonderful ways," Wes Craven, who directed the couple in the Scream films, told PEOPLE. "[Arquette] brought a lot of excitement and a kind of mad whimsy to her life, and she brought a rootedness and a great amount of wisdom and love into his."
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1992: MAGIC JOHNSON RETURNS TO BASKETBALL
Nearly one year after revealing that he was HIV-positive – and abruptly retiring from the NBA – basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson was back on the court, playing once again for the Los Angeles Lakers, with an Olympic gold medal under his belt and a new outlook on life. "It's been almost a year since I got the news," Johnson told PEOPLE, "and what I've really learned is that life doesn't slop. You don't die. You've got to keep on going, keep on working, fighting and living life with the same attitude as before."
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1991: ELIZABETH TAYLOR SAYS 'I DO' … AGAIN
When Elizabeth Taylor walked down the aisle for the eighth time, to marry construction worker Larry Fortensky, she kept the affair low-key – well, as low-key as any event held at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch could be. Still, despite the presence of 100 security guards, an amusement park and thousands of dollars worth of champagne, the real focus of the day was Taylor and Fortensky's relationship: "You could just look in their eyes, and tell Liz was very happy," Diane von Furstenberg told PEOPLE after the ceremony.
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1979: AT HOME WITH CHER & GENE SIMMONS
After two tumultuous marriages, Cher finally found domestic bliss with an unlikely partner: Kiss frontman Gene Simmons. "We just had a wonderful suite at Chicago's Ritz-Carlton overlooking the lake, and Gene said at breakfast that it never ceases to amaze him how comfortable he is with me," Cher told PEOPLE about their relationship. "He has never had a steady girlfriend, never had a relationship with anybody. That's pretty heavy stuff. He's a very strange, complicated and honest person." Simmons, meanwhile, admitted that he was "crazy about Cher, nuts about her. She's my first love."
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