Milestones Jan. 30, 2006

ELECTED. MICHELLE BACHELET, 54, physician and socialist; as Chile's first female President; in Santiago. An agnostic divorcé with three children, she was imprisoned and tortured under right-wing dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s. Her win is seen as a sign of a cultural shift in conservative, Roman Catholic Chile and was the latest in a series of leftist victories in Latin American elections.

CLOSED. The independent-counsel investigation into possible tax violations by HENRY CISNEROS, 58, Housing and Urban Development Secretary under President Clinton; after 10 years, making it the longest independent-counsel probe in U.S. history; in Washington. Begun after Cisneros' ex-mistress...

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