Aug. 9: "The immensity of their suffering corresponds to the enormity of the crime committed against them." POPE JOHN PAUL II apologizing for the Roman Catholic Church's support of the enslavement of African men, women and children. Apology lag: Several hundred years, but shorter than that of the Vatican's recent apology to Galileo.
Aug. 23: "I would like to take this opportunity to offer anew our deep remorse and apologies for our nation's past acts of aggression." JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER MORIHIRO HOSOKAWA apologizing for World War II.
Apology lag: A half-century.
Aug. 25: RUSSIAN PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN laid a wreath of...