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2014: REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS
The world was left reeling when beloved comedian and movie star Williams committed suicide at age 63. Over the course of his career, he touched the lives of movie fans everywhere thanks to his iconic performances in films like Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society. "Those who knew him already miss the alchemy. Experiencing his genius up close was truly magical," Scott Weinger, who worked with him in Aladdin, told PEOPLE. "The world has lost a bright light."
Also in This Issue: Kim Kardashian opens up about motherhood, marriage and her plans for more children
2012: JEN AND JUSTIN PUT A RING ON IT
Three years before their surprise wedding, Aniston and Theroux celebrated another milestone: they got engaged. "They're a wonderful, beautiful couple," Theroux's sister Elizabeth told PEOPLE after her brother popped the question. "We're so happy to welcome her to the family."
Also in This Issue: Kelsey Grammer and wife Kayte welcome daughter Faith and Twilight star Jackson Rathbone welcomes his own baby girl, Monroe
2009: ALYSSA MILANO SAYS 'I DO'
It was a Charmed day for Milano as she tied the knot with Hollywood agent David Bugliari in a garden-themed wedding in New Jersey. After the outdoor ceremony, guests feasted on Italian food, which they served family-style because "my Italian family still eats Sunday dinner together every week," Milano told PEOPLE. "We wanted to capture the same feeling with people passing around beautiful bowls of food and talking and laughing."
Also in This Issue: Crystal Renn opens up about her battle with anorexia and finding success as a plus-size model, and Kourtney Kardashian reveals she's expecting her first child
2005: BRITNEY PREPARES FOR BABY
Just weeks before she welcomed her first son, Sean Preston Federline, excited mom-to-be Spears celebrated her upcoming bundle of joy with a Moroccan-themed baby shower, attended by her family (including her stepchildren, Kori and Kaleb) and friends. "I truly couldn't have been happier," Spears told PEOPLE after the party, "to share this day with people who are so close to my heart."
Also in This Issue: Jennifer Aniston's on-screen romance with Vince Vaughn heats up off-screen
2004: NICKY HILTON GETS HITCHED IN VEGAS
Eleven years before her stunning Kensington Palace wedding to James Rothschild, Hilton married money manager Todd Meister in a spur-of-the-moment ceremony in Las Vegas. "They were a little bit tired," ET executive producer Linda Bell Blue said of the couple, "but from the way they looked into each other's eyes, you could tell they were very happy." Sadly, that happiness didn't last long: the pair annulled their marriage three months later, and Hilton met Rothschild in 2011.
Also in This Issue: Legendary chef Julia Child dies at age 91
1997: DIANA AND DODI FALL IN LOVE
One year after her difficult divorce from Prince Charles, Princess Diana was spotted out with Fayed, the son of Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed. The couple enjoyed romantic dinners in London and a trip on Fayed's father's yacht, which sent paparazzi and the British press into a frenzy. "You only have to look at the sensual body language," the Sunday Mirror wrote about photographs of the pair, "to know that they have found physical and spiritual fulfillment in each other."
Also in This Issue: Buddy, the canine star of the Air Bud franchise, makes a full recovery after losing one of his legs to cancer
1995: REMEMBERING MICKEY MANTLE
One of the greatest baseball players of all time, New York Yankees centerfielder and legendary switch hitter Mantle, died at age 63. Though his achievements on the field – 12 World Series appearances, six World Series records, more than 500 home runs and 16 All-Star game appearances – made him a legend, his biggest success was overcoming alcoholism a year before his death. "Always so hard on himself, he finally came to accept and appreciate that distinction between a role model and a hero," Bob Costas said of Mantle during his eulogy. "The first, he often was not, the second he will always be. He was … a fragile hero."
Also in This Issue: Anna Nicole Smith begins fighting with her late husband John Howard Marshall II's son Pierce over his estate
1992: WOODY ALLEN AND SOON-YI GO PUBLIC
Fans of comedian/actor/writer Allen were shocked when, in the midst of a bitter divorce from wife Mira Farrow, it was revealed that he had been having an affair with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. The news was just one of many revelations and accusations that were uncovered during the pair's lengthy, angry custody battle.
Also in This Issue: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turn their Full House role into the beginnings of a media empire
1988: WELCOME TO THE WORLD, PRINCESS BEA
Just six years after the country welcomed Prince William, and two years after Prince Harry's arrival, England's royal baby boom stayed strong with the birth of Princess Beatrice. And if you thought people were excited for the newest additions to the royal family in 2013 and 2015, they had nothing on Bea's birthday party: "There was dancing in the streets, laughter in the air and enough champagne corks popping to drown out Big Ben's bongs. And this was no one-day wassail," PEOPLE's story read. "When the babe made her first public appearance four days after her birth, slipping out of the hospital in the arms of her mum, the crowds were still cheering and her foray into the sunlight was broadcast nationwide."
Also in This Issue: Heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee prepares to make history at the Seoul Olympics
1987: JOAN RIVERS' GREAT TRAGEDY
Funny lady Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, were left devastated when her husband, Edgar Rosenberg, committed suicide at the age of 62, shortly after Rivers announced her desire to separate. Still, despite the tragedy, the comedian was determined to push forward: "I don't want a warm hand on my shoulder. I don't want sympathy audiences. It's my job to make them laugh, and I'm a professional, and my husband was a professional. I don't want to turn my career into anything maudlin and sentimental," Rivers told PEOPLE. "Besides, I'm too short to be a tragic figure."
Also in This Issue: Mark McGwire, first baseman for the Oakland A's, breaks the rookie home run record with 39 runs. Later in his career, McGwire admitted to using steroids over the course of a decade