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Post by Whiskers on Tue 01 Dec 2015, 22:56

Michael Jackson releases "Thriller"  1982

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Post by Whiskers on Wed 02 Dec 2015, 20:31

Gillette patents first disposable razor  1901
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 03 Dec 2015, 21:46

First human heart transplant performed 1967

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Post by Whiskers on Fri 04 Dec 2015, 23:19

"Les Miserables" opened at the Palace Theatre, London  1985
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 07 Dec 2015, 18:35

5 December - Walt Disney born  1901

6 December - London becomes the world's first city to host licenced taxi cabs  1897

7 December - Theatre Royal, Covent Garden opened  1732
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Post by Whiskers on Fri 11 Dec 2015, 20:07

Stolen in August 1911 from the Louvre, Paris
the "Mona Lisa", was recovered in Italy  1913
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Post by Whiskers on Sat 12 Dec 2015, 12:28

A notebook containing writings by Leonardo da Vinci sells for $5,126,000 at auction  1980
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 16 Dec 2015, 12:07

"Boston Tea Party" raid in protest of the British Parliament's Tea Act  1773

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Post by Whiskers on Thu 17 Dec 2015, 11:39

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published  1843


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Post by Kitkat on Thu 17 Dec 2015, 13:41

@Whiskers wrote:"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published  1843

Thanks, Whiskers.  That's given me an idea for next week's Movie of the Week. 
I prefer the animated 2001 version though - especially love the role of the two mice in the film.

and a classic quote from Scrooge when the ghost of Marley prewarns him he will be visited by 3 spirits and to expect the first when the bell rings. 
"Bah humbug! ... Couldn't I just I see all 3 at once - I'm a very busy man you know".

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Post by Whiskers on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 18:07

I haven't seen that version before.  :thumb:   A good choice of movie for Christmas week. Very Happy 


Slavery abolished in the US on this day  1865
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Post by Whiskers on Sat 19 Dec 2015, 18:28

The BBC began transmitting overseas with its "Empire Service" to Australia 1932
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Radium discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie  1898
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70 mph speed limit on British roads introduced  1965
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 24 Dec 2015, 14:07

Number One record is "Merry Christmas Everybody"  1973





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British Olympic medalist Lillian Board MBE dies after losing her battle against cancer  1970
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 28 Dec 2015, 14:31

Chewing gum first patented  1869

surprised   I had no idea chewing gum been around for so long.  Thought it was a 1950s thing. albino
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Plans announced to replace canaries with gas detectors in coalmines 1960
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 19:00

The Euro debuts 1999

On this day in 1999, for the first time since Charlemagne’s reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the “euro” debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets. Eleven European Union (EU) nations (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain), representing some 290 million people, launched the currency in the hopes of increasing European integration and economic growth. Closing at a robust 1.17 U.S. dollars on its first day, the euro promised to give the dollar a run for its money in the new global economy. Euro cash, decorated with architectural images, symbols of European unity and member-state motifs, went into circulation on January 1, 2002, replacing the Austrian schilling, Belgian franc, Finnish markka, French franc, German mark, Italian lira, Irish punt, Luxembourg franc, Netherlands guilder, Portugal escudo and Spanish peseta. A number of territories and non-EU nations including Monaco and Vatican City also adopted the euro.

Conversion to the euro wasn’t without controversy. Despite the practical benefits of a common currency that would make it easier to do business and travel throughout Europe, there were concerns that the changeover process would be costly and chaotic, encourage counterfeiting, lead to inflation and cause individual nations to loose control over their economic policies. Great Britain, Sweden and Demark opted not to use the euro. Greece, after initially being excluded for failing to meet all the required conditions, adopted the euro in January 2001, becoming the 12th member of the so-called eurozone.

The euro was established by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty on European Union, which spelled out specific economic requirements, including high degree of price stability and low inflation, which countries must meet before they can begin using the new money. The euro consists of 8 coins and 7 paper bills. The Frankfurt-based European Central Bank (ECB) manages the euro and sets interest rates and other monetary policies. In 2004, 10 more countries joined the EU—-Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Several of these countries plan to start using the euro in 2007, with the rest to follow in coming years.
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Re: This day in history

Post by Kitkat on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 23:56


That's an interesting post about the Euro, Whiskers. Needs a link to the source though - I know you've put it inside quotes but when such a quote is made it really should have some kind of mention pointing to where it came from, e.g. Wiki or wherever. (Copyright or something like that .... )
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Post by Whiskers on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 10:56

@Kitkat wrote:
That's an interesting post about the Euro, Whiskers.  Needs a link to the source though - I know you've put it inside quotes but when such a quote is made it really should have some kind of mention pointing to where it came from, e.g. Wiki or wherever.  (Copyright or something like that .... )  

Cant remember where I got it from KK.  chair Trouble is my usual source was from the pages of a diary.  New year now and I dont have a diary like it for this year.  I will have to find another source with just the headlines.

This one should be ok --  http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday   Only goes back to 1950 though.

   
1986: Soviets launch space station Mir
The Soviets open a new phase in space exploration with the launch of the world's biggest space station, Mir.

1993: Two boys charged with toddler's murder
Two 10-year-old boys are charged with the abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool.

1983: Hundreds die in Assam poll violence
Hundreds of people are reported to have died in Assam as fierce fighting rages in the run-up to Indian elections.

1989: IRA bombs Tern Hill barracks
Police are hunting two IRA bombers who attacked an army barracks at Tern Hill in Shropshire.

1962: US spaceman orbits Earth
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, lands safely in the Atlantic Ocean.

1958: Historic Sheerness docks to close
The government announces one the oldest naval dockyards in the UK will be shut down.
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 06 Jan 2016, 11:40

I found a better way to do it using the WYSIWYG.  yay 

But I put the wrong date up for yesterday.   surprised   Here are the correct headlines for this day in history plus links plus details for today:-

1994: Mystery assailant attacks top US skater

American figure-skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by a man brandishing a metal crowbar.

1977: EMI fires Sex Pistols
The music publisher EMI ends its contract with the notorious punk rock group after reports of abusive behaviour at Heathrow Airport.

2000: Flu outbreak stretches NHS resources
Hospitals around the UK are feeling the strain of the current flu outbreak even though it has not been classed as an epidemic.

1992: US halts breast implants
The US Government recommends doctors suspend the use of silicone breast implants as fears grow they could leak and affect the health of those using them.

1983: Danes raid British fishing grounds
The Royal Navy arrests Captain Kent Kirk at sea for trespassing in British fishing territory.
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1976: Iceland and Britain clash at sea

A British naval frigate is involved in another collision with an Icelandic gunboat in the Atlantic.

1990: Leaning Tower of Pisa closed to public
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public for the first time in its history amid safety fears.

1980: Gandhi returned by landslide vote
Indians vote Indira Gandhi back into power - less than three years after rejecting her "emergency dictatorship".

1965: Krays in custody over menace charge
Identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray are in custody charged in connection with running a protection racket.


2000: Aitken freed from prison early
Former Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is released from jail after serving less than half of his 18-month sentence.
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1986: Heseltine quits over Westland

Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns his Cabinet job after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair.

2005: Abbas triumphs in Palestinian elections
Early indications in the Palestinian presidential elections show former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas set to win.

1957: Sir Anthony Eden resigns
Sir Anthony Eden resigns as prime minister of Britain due to ill health after one year and 279 days in the post.

1972: Miners strike against government
Coal miners walk out at midnight in their first national strike for almost 50 years.

1997: Bullimore rescued after five days
The lone yachtsman, Tony Bullimore, feared drowned after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean five days ago, has been found safe and well.

1992: Top policewoman suspended from duty
Britain's most senior policewoman Alison Halford is suspended over allegations of misconduct.
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1991: Last ditch efforts to avoid Gulf War

The United Nations Secretary General is leaving shortly for Baghdad in a final diplomatic effort to avoid war against Iraq.

1954: Comet jet crashes with 35 on board
Thirty-five people are missing, feared dead, after a BOAC Comet jet airliner crashes into the Mediterranean.

1985: Gas blast kills eight in Putney
Eight people die and dozens are injured when an explosion destroys a block of exclusive flats in south-west London.

1979: 'No chaos here' declares Callaghan
The Prime Minister, James Callaghan, flies back into strike-torn Britain denying allegations the country is in chaos.

1985: Safety concerns over electronic trike
An electric tricycle, capable of a top speed of 15 mph, drives into a safety row on its first day on the road.

1996: King of Jordan in historic Tel Aviv visit
King Hussein of Jordan makes his first public visit to Israel's largest city as relations between the two countries warm.

1957: Macmillan becomes Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan accepts the Queen's invitation to become prime minister following the sudden resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.
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1991: US Congress votes for war in Iraq

The United States Congress votes to authorise the use of military force against Iraq to end its occupation of Kuwait.

1966: UK politicians assaulted in Rhodesia
Three visiting MPs are attacked by 400 supporters of Prime Minister Ian Smith at a rowdy meeting in Salisbury.

2001: Swedish 'Iceman' starts England job
The first foreigner to coach the England football team, Sven Goran Eriksson, flies in to start his new job.

1971: British minister's home bombed
Two bombs explode at the Hertfordshire home of Employment Secretary Robert Carr causing serious damage.

2001: Climbie carers guilty of murder
The carers of an eight-year-old girl who died after being tortured and fed scraps of food like a dog are found guilty of her murder.

2003: Maurice Gibb dies after stomach op
Bee Gee Maurice Gibb dies aged 53 following a stomach operation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

1976: Crime writer Agatha Christie dies
The most popular novelist in the world, Dame Agatha Christie, dies leaving a rumoured multi-million pound fortune and a final book waiting to be published.
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1973: Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam

President Nixon orders a halt to American bombing in North Vietnam - following peace talks in Paris.

1953: East German purge begins
The East German authorities begin a purge of senior officials, accused of plotting against the state and spying for imperialistic powers.

1987: Officer cleared in Groce shooting case
A police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman is cleared of all criminal charges.

1982: Mark Thatcher found safe and well
The prime minister's son, Mark Thatcher, is on his way home after being missing in the Sahara for six days.

1997: Princess Diana sparks landmines row
The Princess of Wales angers government ministers after calling for an international ban on landmines.

1984: Benn back on road to Westminster
The leftwing rebel, Tony Benn, beats off the competition to win Labour's nomination for the Chesterfield by-election.
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1991: 'Mother of all Battles' begins

Operation Desert Storm begins as Gulf War Allies send hundreds of planes on bombing raids into Iraq - Saddam Hussein remains defiant.

1995: Earthquake devastates Kobe
A massive quake destroys whole areas of Japan's industrial heartland, leaving many hundreds of people dead.

1994: Massive earthquake hits Los Angeles
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale devastates Los Angeles in the USA, killing more than 20 people.

1977: Gilmore executed by firing squad
Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer, is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, Salt Lake City.

1983: BBC wakes up to morning TV
People have been switching on their televisions a little earlier than usual to catch Britain's first breakfast news programme.
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1991: Iraqi Scud missiles hit Israel

Israel teeters on the brink of joining the Gulf War after Iraq attacks Tel Aviv and Haifa with Scud missiles.

1967: 'Boston Strangler' sentenced to life
Albert DeSalvo, who says he murdered 13 women, is given a life sentence for assault and armed robbery.

1981: Nine die in New Cross house fire
Nine people are killed and 20 injured in a blaze which engulfed a house early this morning in south London.

1963: Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies
Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies after a sudden deterioration in his heart condition.

1972: Rhodesia's former leader arrested
Garfield Todd and his daughter, Judith, are seized after violence erupts over Anglo-Rhodesian plans for independence.

1996: Green groups join bypass battle
Six major environmental organisations add their support to the growing anti-bypass campaign in Newbury, Berkshire.
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1961: John F Kennedy sworn in as US president

The Democrat John F Kennedy is sworn in as the youngest ever elected president of the United States.

2002: Camp X-Ray pictures spark outrage
Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taleban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military.

1958: Explorers meet at South Pole
Members of the team attempting the first surface crossing of the Antarctic have joined up at the South Pole.

1972: UK unemployment tops one million
The number of people out of work and claiming benefit rises above one million, causing uproar in the House of Commons.

1987: Police crack down on soccer hooligans
Police carry out a series of dawn raids and make 26 arrests in their biggest operation so far against violence in and around football stadiums.
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1998  Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty to bombings

American Revolution

1779  Claudius Smith, “Cowboy of the Ramapos,” hangs

Automotive

2009  “Gran Torino” opens Down Under

Civil War

1927  John McCausland dies

Cold War

1982  Reagan links arms talks with Soviets to oppression in Poland

Crime

1973  Roe v. Wade

Disaster

1973  Plane crashes at Nigerian airport

General Interest

1840  British colonists reach New Zealand
1901  Queen Victoria dies[/url]
1905  First Russian Revolution begins[/url]
1973  Supreme Court legalizes abortion[/url]
1980  Sakharov arrested in Moscow

Hollywood

2008  Heath Ledger dies of accidental prescription drug overdose
2010  Conan O’Brien makes final appearance as “Tonight Show” host

Literary

1788  George Gordon, Lord Byron, is born

Music

1981  Final portrait of John and Yoko is on the cover of Rolling Stone

Old West

1879   Chief Dull Knife makes last fight for freedom

Presidential

1973  Lyndon Baines Johnson dies in Texas

Sports

1973  Foreman beats Frazier to win heavyweight title in Jamaica

Vietnam War

1964  U.S. Joint Chiefs foresee larger U.S. commitment
1968  Operations Jeb Stuart and Pershing II kick off

World War I

1905  Bloody Sunday Massacre in Russia

World War II

1941  Brits and Australians take Tobruk


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Post by Kitkat on Fri 22 Jan 2016, 14:50

Whiskers,
I hope you don't mind, but I have got rid of all the links in your last post here and replaced it with just one link pointing to the source of the info provided.

I know you obviously put a lot of thought and effort into this thread happyheart - and I wouldn't normally interfere in what, after all, is your thread and your very much valued contribution to the forum - but the amount of links contained in that one post for that one day is causing havoc with the bandwith for the Forum as a whole. I can see that you have changed the source for the day's history and the new one gives a lot more detail, as well as being not just restricted to UK history events - but I hope you will understand that putting a separate link to each entry every day within each post would dramatically slow down the workings of the forum and this is something that would affect the whole board. We would find that certain images/smilies etc wouldn't work after a while because the volume of links would more and more limit the bandwith. Absolutely fine to continue with this new source - but without the links.

(On a purely personal note: I much prefer the presentation of the last few posts made before this new source anyway - but that's just my own personal view.)
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No problem KK. I do see your point, didnt even think about all that. Embarassed 

I will keep it how it was before.


1990: Gorbachev explains crackdown in Azerbaijan

President Mikhail Gorbachev announces Red Army troops have been sent into the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.

1962: 'A6 murder' trial begins
James Hanratty, accused of murdering a physicist in a lay-by on the A6, enters a plea of "not guilty".

1980: Soviet dissident Sakharov banished
One of the Soviet Union's most outspoken critics, nuclear physicist Dr Andrei Sakharov, is sent into internal exile for his outspoken views.

1979: Public sector strike paralyses country
Tens of thousands of public sector workers take part in a day of action - the biggest mass stoppage since 1926 - in support of a claim for more pay.


2001: MMR triple vaccine declared safe
The government launches a £3m campaign to convince parents the controversial MMR triple vaccine is safe.
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1986: Leon Brittan quits over Westland
Trade and Industry Secretary Leon Brittan becomes the second cabinet minister to resign over the Westland affair.

1961: End of the road for Monroe and Miller
Hollywood screen star Marilyn Monroe divorces her husband of five years, playwright Arthur Miller.

1965: Winston Churchill dies
Sir Winston Churchill has died at the age of 90 with his wife Lady Clementine Churchill and other members of the family at his bedside.

1969: LSE closes over student clashes
Students protesting at the installation of steel security gates at the London School of Economics go on the rampage, with crowbars, pickaxes and sledgehammers.

1956: Plans unveiled for homes in Barbican
Plans to build a "new town" in the Barbican area of London left devastated by the war are being considered at a public inquiry.

2001: Mandelson resigns - again
Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson resigns from the Cabinet over a passports-for-cash scandal.
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2001: Thousands die in Gujarat quake

A massive earthquake strikes western India and parts of Pakistan, killing many thousands of people.

1950: India becomes a republic
The independent republic of India is born as the new president replaces the King as head of state and a new constitution is adopted.

1952: Britons killed in Cairo riots
Reports from Egypt say at least 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured in anti-British riots in Cairo.

1998: Clinton denies affair with intern
President Clinton denies allegations he had an affair with 24-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky and rejects accusations he asked her to lie on oath.

1969: Prague riots over student martyr
Police wielding truncheons and firing tear gas from pressure canisters break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague.

1982: UK unemployment tops three million
The number of people out of work in Britain rises above three million for the first time since the 1930s.
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1945: Auschwitz death camp liberated

The Red Army liberates the Nazi's biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland.

1967: Three astronauts die in Apollo 1 tragedy
Three American astronauts die when fire engulfs the Apollo capsule on its launch pad at Cape Kennedy.

1944: Leningrad siege ends after 900 days
A successful Soviet offensive drives German troops away from the Leningrad which has been besieged since September 1941.

1980: Exiled Mugabe returns to Rhodesia
Rhodesia opposition leader Robert Mugabe makes a triumphant return to his home country after five years in exile.

1984: Michael Jackson burned in Pepsi ad
Michael Jackson has been rushed to hospital with burn injuries to his head after a stunt for a Pepsi commercial went wrong.

1969: Rebel students take over LSE
Students protesting against the closure of the London School of Economics seize control of another university building.

1995: Cantona banned over attack on fan
Manchester United's Eric Cantona is fined £20,000 and banned from playing football over his kung fu-style attack on a fan.
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1986: Seven dead in space shuttle disaster

The American space shuttle Challenger explodes killing all seven astronauts on board.

1953: Derek Bentley hanged for murder
Teenager Derek Bentley is executed at Wandsworth Prison in London for his part in the murder of Pc Sidney Miles.

1982: US general rescued from Red Brigade
Italian police rescue US Brigadier General James Dozier who has been held hostage by the Red Brigade for 42 days.

1990: Romanians call for government change
Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets to protest against the interim government of Ion Iliescu.


1968: Radiation alert following B-52 crash
A recovery team searches for wreckage from an American Air Force B-52 bomber armed with four hydrogen bombs.
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1943: Germans surrender at Stalingrad

The half-starved remnants of the German 6th Army give themselves up after five months of bloody fighting for Stalingrad ends in defeat.

1990: De Klerk dismantles apartheid in South Africa
The President of South Africa lifts the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress.

1987: Peace envoy imprisoned in Beirut
Reports from Lebanon say Church of England envoy Terry Waite has been kidnapped by an Islamic militia group.

1979: Sid Vicious dies from drugs overdose
Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in New York.


1972: British embassy in Dublin destroyed
Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people in Londonderry on Sunday.
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1974: Soldiers and children killed in coach bombing

Eleven people are killed in a bomb blast on a bus travelling to an army base in North Yorkshire.

1998: 4,000 feared dead in Afghan earthquake
An earthquake in northern Afghanistan leaves thousands dead, injured or homeless.

1968: More Kenyan Asians flee to Britain
Another 96 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, the latest in a growing exodus of Kenyan Asians fleeing discrimination.

1988: Defiant seamen strike on
Thousands of seamen at major British ports are continuing to strike even though their union has called an end to the action.


1973: Vietnam observers' struggle for peace
International inspection teams in Vietnam have been sent into the countryside to monitor the truce agreed last Saturday in Paris.
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1958: United players killed in air disaster

Seven Manchester United footballers are among 21 dead after an air crash in Munich.

1952: King George VI dies in his sleep
His Majesty, King George VI, dies peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House, aged 56.

2001: Sharon sweeps to power
The leader of the right-wing Likud party, Ariel Sharon, wins a landslide victory to become the new prime minister of Israel.

1983: 'Butcher of Lyon' returns to face trial
War criminal and former Gestapo commandant, Klaus Barbie, arrives in France to stand trial for crimes committed 37 years ago.

1997: Widow allowed dead husband's baby
The Court of Appeal makes an historic judgement in favour of Diane Blood who will be allowed to be inseminated with her dead husband's sperm.

1971: Man plays golf on the Moon
Alan Shepard becomes the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon during a two-day Moon walk from Apollo 14.

2005: Blair is Labour's longest-serving PM
British Prime Minister Tony Blair marks 2,838 days in his post at Number 10.
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1952: New Queen proclaimed for UK

Princess Elizabeth proclaims herself Queen at a ceremony in St James's Palace, London.

1994: Police probe MP's suspicious death
Forensic scientists investigate the "suspicious circumstances" of the death of Conservative MP for Eastleigh Stephen Milligan.

1962: Eight die in Paris riot
At least eight people have been killed during a demonstration in the French capital protesting against the independence of Algeria.

1983: Sharon quits after massacre inquiry
Ariel Sharon is removed from office in the Israeli government following a tribunal into the 1982 killings of hundreds of people in two refugee camps.

1974: Americans end outer space marathon
Three US astronauts return safely to Earth after a record-breaking stay in space.

2005: Mid-East leaders announce truce
The Palestinian leader and Israeli prime minister declare a truce amid hopes of a "new era of peace".
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1996: Docklands bomb ends IRA ceasefire

The IRA admit planting the bomb that exploded in the Docklands area of London last night.

1983: British police on trail of mass murderer
Police launch a mass murder investigation in London after discovering human remains in drains.

1962: Russia frees US spy plane pilot
American spy plane pilot Captain Francis "Gary" Powers is freed from prison in the Soviet Union in exchange for a Russian spy jailed in the US.

1952: India passes first test of democracy
Independent India's first general elections pass off peacefully, and return Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to power.

1955: US evacuates Pacific islands
The American Navy has moved thousands of people from the Chinese Nationalist Tachen Islands.

2005: Charles and Camilla to be married
The Prince of Wales and long-term partner Camilla Parker Bowles are engaged, Clarence House announces.
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1986: Soviets launch space station Mir

The Soviets open a new phase in space exploration with the launch of the world's biggest space station, Mir.

1993: Two boys charged with toddler's murder
Two 10-year-old boys are charged with the abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool.

1983: Hundreds die in Assam poll violence
Hundreds of people are reported to have died in Assam as fierce fighting rages in the run-up to Indian elections.

1989: IRA bombs Tern Hill barracks
Police are hunting two IRA bombers who attacked an army barracks at Tern Hill in Shropshire.

1962: US spaceman orbits Earth
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, lands safely in the Atlantic Ocean.

1958: Historic Sheerness docks to close
The government announces one the oldest naval dockyards in the UK will be shut down.
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1945: Thousands of bombs destroy Dresden

British and US bombers pound the ancient German city of Dresden with high explosives and incendiaries.

1993: Missing two-year-old found dead
Police confirm a body found on a railway embankment in Merseyside is that of missing toddler James Bulger.

1984: British ice couple score Olympic gold
British figure skating couple Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate off with a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo after dancing to Ravel's Bolero.

2005: Explosion kills former Lebanon PM
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is killed by a car bomb explosion in Beirut.

1989: Ayatollah sentences author to death
Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini issues a death threat against British author Salman Rushdie and his publishers over the book Satanic Verses.

1997: Lawrence 'killed by racists'
Jurors at the inquest into the death of Stephen Lawrence have decided the black teenager was unlawfully killed "in a completely unprovoked racist attack by five white youths".

1974: Russian author charged with treason
Soviet authorities formally charge Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn with treason a day after forcing him to leave the USSR.
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1959: Castro sworn in as Cuban PM

Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro becomes the country's youngest ever premier.

2001: Serbs killed in Kosovo pilgrimage
At least seven Serbs are killed in a bomb attack on a bus making its way to a religious ceremony in Kosovo.

1985: Falklands' row civil servant resigns
Ministry of Defence assistant secretary Clive Ponting resigns from his post over the Belgrano affair.

1972: Miners' strike turns off the lights
Many homes and businesses will be without electricity for up to nine hours a day from today, the Central Electricity Generating Board has announced.

1965: Beeching plans for 'bloated' railways
A second report from British Railways Board chairman Dr Richard Beeching outlines transport needs for the next 25 years.

2005: Kyoto Protocol comes into force
The Kyoto Protocol that aims to slow down global warming takes effect but the US remains outside it.
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2001: Foot-and-mouth scare at UK abbatoir

A five-mile exclusion zone is placed around an abbatoir in Essex after a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease is detected.

1997: China's reformist Deng Xiaoping dies
China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has died at the age of 92 after suffering from failing health for several years.

1961: Lumumba rally clashes with UK police
Police battle with supporters of the murdered Congolese premier outside the Belgian embassy in London.

1968: Damages for thalidomide children
The High Court awards compensation to 62 children born with thalidomide-induced deformities.


1978: Egyptian forces die in Cyprus gunfight
At least ten Egyptian commandos are killed in a gun battle with Greek Cypriot soldiers at Larnaca airport.
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20th February

1513Pope Julius II dies. He will lay in rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo.
1725New Hampshire militiamen partake in the first recorded scalping of Indians by whites in North America.
1792The U.S. Postal Service is created.
1809The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater than any individual state in the Union.
1831Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Growchow.
1864Confederate troops defeat a Union army sent to bring Florida into the union at the Battle of Olustee, Fla.
1900J.F. Pickering patents his airship.
1906Russian troops seize large portions of Mongolia.
1915President Woodrow Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.
1918The Soviet Red Army seizes Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.
1938Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.
1941The United States sends war planes to the Pacific.
1942Lt. Edward O’Hare downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington.
1943German troops of the Afrika Korps break through the Kasserine Pass, defeating U.S. forces.
1954The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education.
1959The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.
1962Mercury astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth.
1963Moscow offers to allow on-site inspection of nuclear testing.
1965Ranger 8 hits the moon and sends back 7,000 photos to the United States.
1968North Vietnamese army chief in Hue orders all looters to be shot on sight.
1971Young people protest having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.
1982Carnegie Hall in New York begins $20 million in renovations.
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1972: IRA bomb kills six at Aldershot barracks

Five women and an army priest are killed in an IRA bomb attack on army premises in Hampshire.

1991: Bush threatens Iraq with land war
The US President, George Bush, gives Iraq until 1700 GMT tomorrow to pull out of Kuwait or face the full force of the allies.

1997: Dolly the sheep is cloned
A sheep named Dolly is cloned by scientists in Edinburgh and is being hailed as one of the most significant breakthroughs of the decade.

1974: Hearst 'ransom' provokes violence
Fighting breaks out around food distribution points in California as newspaper tycoon Randolph Hearst pays a $2 million ransom for his kidnapped daughter Patty.

1986: Filipino coup leaders tell Marcos to go
Two senior members of the government take refuge in the defence ministry building after demanding President Marcos step down following controversial elections.

1955: American tennis star 'Little Mo' to quit
Maureen Connolly, one of America's greatest tennis players, is to retire from the sport after a horse-riding accident.
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1955: Britain's big freeze

Deep snow and freezing temperatures continue to cause havoc across much of Britain.

1968: South Vietnamese recapture Hue
The South Vietnamese celebrate the recapture of the country's third city, Hue, after a battle lasting three weeks.

1950: Labour wins slim majority
Clement Attlee returns as prime minister of Britain but with a single-figure majority.

1981: Prince Charles and Lady Di to marry
The Prince of Wales and the Lady Diana Spencer end months of speculation by announcing they are to wed this summer.

1999: Lawrence report blasts 'racist' police
London's police force is "institutionally racist" says a report on the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

1971: UK restricts Commonwealth migrants
Commonwealth citizens lose their automatic right to remain in the UK under the government's new Immigration Bill.



Commonwealth citizens lose their automatic right to remain in the UK under the government's new Immigration Bill.


judge  Not so different from today then -- the government of the day continues to chop and change the rules at whim. angry
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2002: Hindus die in train fire

A fire on a train in India results in the deaths of 57 Hindu pilgrims returning from the disputed holy site of Ayodhya.

1975: PC murder linked to IRA bomb factory
Scotland Yard says the man who shot dead a police officer in London yesterday had been staying in a flat used as a "bomb factory" by the IRA.

1963: Argoud charged over de Gaulle plot
Antoine Argoud, President De Gaulle's arch enemy and a former colonel in the French Army, is charged with an assassination attempt.

1999: Nigerians vote to break with military
Voters flock to polling stations in Nigeria to elect a civilian president and end military rule that has lasted 15 years.

1953: Spelling bill passes second reading
A proposal to simplify English spelling has cleared its second hurdle in parliament.

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