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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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1966: Passenger jet crashes into Mount Fuji

A BOAC Boeing 707 crashes into Mount Fuji in Japan killing all 124 people on board, just 25 minutes after take-off.

1953: Soviet leader 'on brink of death'
Rumours are circulating in Moscow that Joseph Stalin, the long-time leader of the Soviet Union, is near death.

1973: Mid-air collision kills 68
Sixty-eight passengers and crew die when two Spanish aircraft collide in mid-air over France.

1956: US court victory for black students
The United States Supreme Court upholds a ban on racial segregation in state schools, colleges and universities.


1993: Johnson gets life ban from athletics
Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson is banned from athletics for life after failing a drugs test for a second time.
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1985: Beirut car bomb kills dozens

At least 45 people die and 175 are injured in a car bomb explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

1972: TWA jet explodes at Las Vegas airport
Bomb explodes in the cockpit of a Trans World Airlines Boeing 707 at Las Vegas airport.

1971: Post strike ends with pay deal
British postal workers go back to work after seven weeks on strike.

1950: Gas turbine car gets road test
Car manufacturers Rover unveil the first car powered with a gas turbine engine.

2001: Donald Campbell's speedboat recovered
Divers raise the wreck of Donald Campbell's boat, Bluebird, from the bottom of Coniston Water in Cumbria.
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1967: Stalin's daughter defects to the West

Svetlana Stalin, daughter of the Soviet dictator, requests asylum at the United States Embassy in India.

1973: Northern Ireland votes for union
The people of Northern Ireland vote overwhelmingly to remain within the United Kingdom.

1956: Britain deports Cyprus Archbishop
The British authorities order the deportation of the Greek Cypriot leader, Archbishop Makarios, in the hope of restoring law and order to the island.

1995: Queen marks peace in Belfast
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh pay a symbolic visit to Northern Ireland - their first since the IRA and Loyalist ceasefires came into effect last year.

1976: Scores die in cable car tragedy
A line supporting a cable car snaps killing 42 people, including children, in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy.

1981: M5 rapist jailed for life
A man who for three-and-a-half years terrorised women in the south west of England is sentenced to life behind bars.
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1991: Birmingham Six freed after 16 years

The Birmingham Six walk free from jail after their convictions for the murder of 21 people in two pubs are quashed by the Court of Appeal.

1984: Sinn Fein leader shot in street attack
Gunmen shoot and injure the Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, in an attack in central Belfast.

1964: Jack Ruby sentenced to death
Jack Ruby has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

1960: Radio telescope makes space history
The radio telescope at Jodrell Bank sets a new space record making contact with the American Pioneer V satellite at a distance of 407,000 miles.


1958: 'Bonny' Prince Albert of Monaco born
A celebratory 101-gun salute has been fired in Monaco after Princess Grace - formerly film star Grace Kelly - gave birth to a son.
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1967: Supertanker Torrey Canyon hits rocks

The supertanker Torrey Canyon has run aground between Land's End and the Scilly Isles, leaking oil into the sea.

1979: Three die in Golborne mine blast
Three die and eight are seriously injured in an explosion at a colliery in Lancashire.

1974: Violent border clashes at Golan Heights
Two Israeli soldiers are killed and three others injured along the Golan Heights.

1992: South Africa votes for change
White South Africans back an overwhelming mandate for political reforms to end apartheid.

1950: Government falls as Belgians vote for king
The Belgian government collapses over a referendum on the return from exile of King Leopold III.

1982: Judge halts 'obscenity' trial
Charges of gross indecency brought by Mary Whitehouse against a National Theatre director end today after intervention by the Attorney-General.
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2003: US launches missiles against Saddam

American missiles hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, signalling the start of the US-led campaign to topple Saddam Hussein.

1993: Child killed in Warrington bomb attack
One boy is dead and more than 50 people are injured as two bombs explode in the centre of Warrington.

1989: Senior RUC men die in gun attack
Two senior RUC officers negotiating cross-border security co-operation in south Armagh are ambushed and shot dead by the IRA.

1974: Kidnap attempt on Princess Anne
Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips escape an apparent kidnap attempt.


1966: Football's World Cup stolen
The football World Cup is stolen while on exhibition in London.
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1960: Scores die in Sharpeville shoot-out

More than 50 Africans die and 169 are injured as police open fire in the South African township of Sharpeville.

1991: Heseltine unveils new property tax
The government has revealed plans for a new property tax in place of the controversial poll tax.

1999: Comedy genius Ernie Wise dies
One of Britain's most loved and most successful comedians, Ernie Wise, dies aged 73.

1984: EEC summit collapses over rebate row
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher comes under attack for the breakdown of negotiations at the European Economic Community common market summit in Brussels.


1963: Train drives itself
The first automatic train on the London underground could be hurtling into stations in three weeks, the government has revealed.
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1987: 30 hurt as car bomb hits Army base

More than 30 people are injured in a car bomb explosion at the UK Army headquarters in Rheindahlen, West Germany.

1983: Reagan launches Cold War into space
President Reagan has unveiled plans to combat nuclear war in space.

1981: New measures to contain farm disease
The government bans all animal transport to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

1977: Government wins no confidence vote
The Labour government survives a vote of "no confidence" in the House of Commons thanks to support from the Liberals.

1991: Tories launch 'citizen charter'
Failing public service providers will be forced to offer customers cash refunds or face government budget cuts, the Prime Minister announces.
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1975: Saudi's King Faisal assassinated

King Faisal of Saudi Arabia has died after a gun attack despite the efforts of doctors to keep him alive.

1975: National Front rallies against Europe
Members of an extreme right-wing UK party, flanked by 2,000 police officers, march through north London protesting against integration with Europe.

1980: Britain will go to Moscow Olympics
The British Olympic Association votes by a large majority to defy government requests and send athletes to the Olympic Games in Moscow.

2000: Trimble narrowly wins leadership challenge
David Trimble narrowly beats off a challenge to his leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party.


1950: Ski jumpers soar over Hampstead Heath
Norway comes to North London for a ski-jumping competition complete with imported snow.
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1979: Nuclear leak causes alarm in America

Radioactive steam leaks into the atmosphere at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania prompting fears for the safety of the plant's 500 workers.

1991: Family anger at Hillsborough verdict
A jury returns a verdict of accidental death at the end of the inquest of 95 Liverpool football fans crushed to death in Sheffield.

1965: Thousands join Dr King in Alabama rally
Martin Luther King leads protests to the steps of the state capital of Montgomery in Alabama.

1979: Early election as Callaghan defeated
Prime Minister James Callaghan loses a parliamentary vote of confidence by a minority of one - forcing him to call an early general election.


1983: Macgregor named as coal boss
Ian Macgregor, leader of the British Steel Corporation is named as the new chairman of the National Coal Board.
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1981: President Reagan is shot

President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded when a lone gunman opens fire in Washington.

1979: Car bomb kills Airey Neave
Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Airey Neave is killed by a car bomb as he leaves the House of Commons car park.

1951: Rosenbergs guilty of espionage
An American electrical engineer and his wife are found guilty by the Federal Court in New York of passing secrets about the atomic bomb to Russia.

2002: Queen Mother dies
Buckingham Palace announces that the Queen Mother has died peacefully in her sleep aged 101.

1992: John Major climbs onto his soapbox
Prime Minister John Major gets onto his soapbox to persuade Conservatives to come out and vote.

1978: Tories recruit advertisers to win votes
Saatchi & Saatchi gets the job of revamping the Conservative Party image ahead of the General Election.
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1966: Harold Wilson wins sweeping victory

Labour is on course to win the general election with a majority of about 100 seats in the House of Commons.

1986: Greater London Council abolished
Thousands of people take part in festivities to mark the historic final hours of 97 years of local rule in London.

1959: Dalai Lama escapes to India
The spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, crosses the border into India after an epic 15-day journey on foot over the Himalayan mountains.

1990: Violence flares in poll tax demonstration
An anti-poll tax rally in central London erupts into the worst riots in the city for a century.

1953: Queen Mary laid to rest in Windsor
More than 1,500 attend the funeral of Queen Mary at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

1972: CND begins march to Aldermaston
More than 500 people attend a rally in London ahead of a four-day demonstration against nuclear arms.
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1700 - April 1st
On this day in 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.

Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. These included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

Historians have also linked April Fools’ Day to ancient festivals such as Hilaria, which was celebrated in Rome at the end of March and involved people dressing up in disguises. There’s also speculation that April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with changing, unpredictable weather.

April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.

In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.
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1982: Argentina invades Falklands
Argentina has invaded the British territory of the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic.

2005: Pope John Paul II dies
Pope John Paul II dies at the age of 84 following heart failure, ending one of the longest pontificates in history.

1986: Bomb tears hole in airliner over Greece
Four people are killed after they are sucked through a hole blown in the side of a TWA jet flying to Athens.

1977: Hat trick for Red Rum
Red Rum has galloped into racing history by winning the Grand National for a record third time.

1998: Papon guilty of war crimes
Former French cabinet minister Maurice Papon has been found guilty of war crimes for his part in deporting Jews from France during World War II.

1962: New pedestrian crossings cause chaos
A new style of pedestrian crossing causes confusion among both drivers and pedestrians following its launch in London.
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1968: Martin Luther King shot dead
The American black civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King, is assassinated.

1979: Deposed Pakistani PM is executed
Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is hanged in spite of international calls for clemency.

1991: Orkney 'abuse' children go home
The children at the centre of satanic abuse allegations in the Orkney Islands off Scotland are reunited with their families after the case was thrown out of court.

1984: Greenham Common women evicted
The women from the main peace camp at Greenham Common in Berkshire are evicted but say it will not end their protest.


2000: Spring freeze brings chaos
Severe weather forces the closure of Luton airport as blizzards and flooding cause widespread chaos.
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1968: United States erupts in race violence
Dozens of major cities in the United States are rocked by an escalation in the race riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King.

1994: Rwanda presidents' plane 'shot down'
The presidents of the African states of Rwanda and Burundi are killed in a plane crash believed to have been caused by rocket fire.

1997: Fault cuts short space shuttle mission
Nasa brings home the space shuttle Columbia 12 days early amid fears over a defective fuel cell.

1975: 'Operation Babylift' lands in UK
A plane carrying 99 Vietnamese orphans has landed at Heathrow airport.

1989: Dockers' 'jobs for life' scrapped
The government has announced it is to abolish legislation which guarantees work for more than 9,000 dockers.
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1978: Carter delays N-bomb production
The US President Jimmy Carter decides to postpone production of the controversial neutron bomb.

1976: Government crisis as Stonehouse quits
Controversial MP John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party, leaving James Callaghan's government in a minority of one.

1968: Jim Clark killed in car smash
Motor racing world champion Jim Clark is killed in a car crash during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim.

1986: Sinclair sells computer business
Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair sells rights to his machines to Amstrad in a £5m deal.

1999: US claims 'banana war' victory
The World Trade Organisation has ruled in favour of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with Europe over bananas.
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2003: Saddam statue topples with regime
Iraqis turn on symbols of their former leader, pulling down a statue and tearing it to pieces as US tanks roll into the centre of Baghdad.

1976: Young Liberal leader cleared of robbery
The president of the Young Liberals, Peter Hain, has been acquitted of robbing a branch of Barclays bank.

2005: Prince Charles marries Camilla
The Prince of Wales weds Camilla Parker-Bowles at a civil ceremony followed by a blessing.

1984: Dozens arrested in picket line violence
About 100 pickets are arrested during violent clashes with police outside two working coal pits in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

1999: President of Niger 'killed in ambush'
The president of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, has been shot dead in an apparent coup attempt.

1969: Sikh busmen win turban fight
Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton have won the right to wear turbans on duty after a long-running campaign.
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1981: Brixton ablaze after riot
The arrest of a black man leads to hundreds of youths rampaging through the streets of Brixton in south London.

1961: Nazi war crimes trial begins
The trial has begun in Israel of the man accused of helping Hitler in his plan to exterminate the Jews.

1996: Israel launches attack on Beirut
Israeli planes and helicopters have launched air strikes against targets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, for the first time in nearly 14 years.

1951: MacArthur fired - Ridgway takes over
US President Truman appoints General Ridgway as supreme commander of the UN forces in Korea after shocking the American public by dismissing General Macarthur.

1990: Customs seize 'supergun'
Customs officers in Middlesbrough say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

1957: Britain agrees to Singapore self-rule
The island of Singapore is granted self-government from Britain to come into effect next year.
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1945: British troops liberate Bergen-Belsen
British troops enter the concentration camp after negotiating a truce with the German commandant.

1986: US launches air strikes on Libya
The United States bombs Tripoli in retaliation for Libyan terrorist attacks on American targets.

1989: Football fans crushed at Hillsborough
At least 93 football supporters have been killed in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster.

1942: Malta gets George Cross for bravery
The people of Malta are awarded the George Cross in recognition of their heroic struggle against occupation.

1998: Former Cambodian dictator dies
The former Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot, whose regime led to the deaths of millions of his people, has died.

2000: White farmer shot dead in Zimbabwe
A white farmer in Zimbabwe has been kidnapped and shot dead by squatters occupying his land.

1953: Britain honours American hero
Reis Leming, a 22-year-old US airman, is awarded the George Medal for rescuing people trapped by winter floods.
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1986: British journalist McCarthy kidnapped
John McCarthy is abducted on his way to the airport - three bodies, believed to be of British hostages, are also found.

1984: Libyan embassy shots kill policewoman
A police officer has been killed after shots were fired from the Libyan People's Bureau in central London.

1961: Exiles invade Cuba at Bay of Pigs
Reports from Cuba say an invasion force has landed on the island to try to overthrow the country's leader, Fidel Castro.

1999: Dozens hurt in London bomb blast
An explosion in south London has injured at least 45 people.

1951: Fears for crew of lost British submarine
A massive air and sea search for the HM Submarine Affray is under away after it went missing earlier today.

1969: Devlin is youngest-ever woman MP
A 21-year-old woman, Bernadette Devlin, is voted in as Britain's youngest ever female MP and the country's third youngest ever.
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1956: Macmillan unveils premium bond scheme
The British Chancellor Harold Macmillan unveils plans for a new state saving scheme offering cash prizes instead of interest.

1955: Albert Einstein dies
Eminent scientist Dr Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, dies in hospital aged 76.

1988: 'Ivan the Terrible' guilty of war crimes
A retired US car worker has been found guilty of Nazi war crimes.

1994: Killing spreads in Rwanda
The ethnic violence in Rwandan capital Kigali is spreading throughout the country, aid officials say.

1996: Greek tourists killed by Egyptian gunmen
Seventeen Greek tourists and an Egyptian tour guide have been killed by gunmen in Cairo.

1978: Carter wins Panama Canal battle
The US Senate has narrowly backed President Carter's controversial Panama Canal treaty.

1960: Thousands protest against H-bomb
At least 60,000 demonstrators gather in Trafalgar Square to mark the end of the Aldermaston to London "ban the bomb" march
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1980: Tehran hostage rescue mission fails
A top-secret attempt by the United States to free American hostages held in Iran collapses in failure, with the death of eight soldiers.

1974: Rebels seize control of Portugal
Army rebels are in control of Portugal after an almost bloodless dawn coup.

1982: Marines land in South Georgia
Britain re-establishes its presence in the Falkland Islands after a two-hour assault by Royal Marines on the remote island of South Georgia.

1983: 'Hitler diaries' published
The German magazine, Stern, publishes the first instalment of the controversial "Hitler Diaries", said to be written by the Führer himself.

2002: Brothers cleared of Damilola murder
Two teenage brothers are cleared of the murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor.

1953: Scientists describe 'secret of life'
Two Cambridge University scientists make public their answer to one of the most fundamental questions of biology - how do living things reproduce themselves?
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1945: Russians and Americans link at Elbe

Russian and American troops join hands at the River Elbe in Germany, bringing the end of the war a step closer.

1984: Libyan embassy siege ends
The siege of the Libyan Embassy in London ends 11 days after the shooting of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the St James's Square building.

1961: Sierra Leone wins independence
Sierra Leone becomes the latest West African state to win independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.

1992: Betty Boothroyd is new Speaker
The House of Commons elects a woman to the post of Speaker for the first time in its 700-year history.


1971: Protest disrupts Welsh language trial
Police in Wales remove demonstrators from the entrance of a courtroom after they disrupted proceedings inside.
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1945: Germany announces Hitler is dead
The German Fuhrer is killed in the Reich Chancery of Berlin fighting the Soviets, according to German radio.

1982: RAF bombs Port Stanley
British planes attack two airstrips near the capital of the Falkland Islands in the war to rid the islands of Argentine forces

1994: Race ace Senna killed in car crash
The world-class Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna dies in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy.

1973: Thousands strike over pay and prices
More than a million workers join a one-day strike in protest at the government's pay restraint policy and price rises.

1961: Victorious Castro bans elections
Fidel Castro declares Cuba a socialist nation saying, "The revolution has no time for elections."

2000: May Day violence on London streets
Hundreds of anti-capitalist demonstrators fight running battles with police - the Cenotaph and statue of Winston Churchill are defaced with graffiti
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1986: Bomb kills 21 in Sri Lanka
A lethal bomb explodes on an Air Lanka passenger jet at Colombo's airport leaving 21 dead and 41 injured. The finger of blame points to the Tamil Tigers.

1968: Surgeons conduct UK's first heart transplant
The first heart transplant in Britain is carried out at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London.

1951: King George opens Festival of Britain
The King inaugurates the Festival of Britain at a service in St Paul's Cathedral and later attends a concert at the new Royal Festival Hall on London's south bank.

2000: Leading stock exchanges plan merger
The London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse confirm they are to merge, creating the world's second largest stock market.


1990: Latvia to declare independence
Members of the Soviet Republic's new parliament meet to discuss breaking away from the USSR.
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1979: Election victory for Margaret Thatcher
The Conservative Party wins the general election making Margaret Thatcher Britain's first woman prime minister.

1982: Argentines destroy HMS Sheffield
The British ship HMS Sheffield is sunk by an Argentine missile fired from a fighter bomber.

2000: Ken Livingstone voted London mayor
The London Mayoral contest ends in victory for Ken Livingstone, the independent candidate and maverick MP expelled from the Labour Party.

1966: Doctors and dentists get huge pay rise
Harold Wilson's government agrees to increase doctors' and dentists' salaries by up to 30% after fears thousands of GPs would leave the Health Service for private practice


1953: Duke of Edinburgh gets his wings
The Duke of Edinburgh is awarded his pilot's "wings" during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
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1945: Germany signs unconditional surrender

Germany signs an unconditional surrender ending six years of war in Europe.

1976: More bodies found after Italy quake
Italy's worst earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 550 people and leaves 80,000 homeless.

1965: Huge Rhodesia election win for Smith
White voters in the African colony of Rhodesia back Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front which is demanding independence from the UK.

2001: Thousands greet Pope in Syrian visit
Pope John Paul II prays for peace on a visit to the Syrian capital Damascus, where he is greeted by thousands of people.

1956: Minister rejects anti-smoking lobby
The Health Minister, RH Turton, rejects calls for a government campaign against smoking, saying no ill-effects have been proven.

2001: Healthy cattle to die to save Exmoor
More than 1,000 cattle on two farms near Exmoor will be slaughtered - even though they show no sign of foot-and-mouth disease - in order to protect Exmoor from infection.
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1956: Mystery of missing frogman deepens
Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden refuses to give details about the disappearance of a naval diver during a goodwill visit by the Soviet leadership.

1972: Israeli commandos storm hijacked jet
Twelve Israeli soldiers disguised as maintenance staff have stormed a hijacked Sabena Boeing at Lod airport in Tel Aviv and released the 100 people on board.

1979: El Salvador cathedral bloodbath
At least 18 demonstrators are shot dead and many wounded after police opened fire on anti-government protesters in El Salvador.

1988: Syria threatens force in Beirut
Syria has hinted for the first time it may send in troops to halt the bloodshed in the slums of southern Beirut.

1999: Chinese anger at embassy bombing
Major cities in China see their biggest demonstrations for years since the destruction by Nato bombs of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

1955: West Germany accepted into Nato
West Germany formally joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a special ceremony in Paris.
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1994: Mandela becomes SA's first black president
Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa's first black president after more than three centuries of white rule.

1940: Churchill takes helm as Germans advance
German forces invade the Low Countries by air and land, while in London, Chamberlain is replaced by Churchill.

1998: Sinn Fein backs peace deal
The political wing of the republican IRA back the Good Friday peace agreement heralding a major shift in modern republicanism.

1978: Italy mourns murdered statesman
The murdered Italian politician Aldo Moro is buried after a private funeral service, 55 days after he was kidnapped by the Red Brigade.


1967: Two Rolling Stones on drugs charges
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared before magistrates charged with drug offences.
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1994: Labour leader John Smith dies at 55
The Labour leader John Smith dies in a London hospital after two serious heart attacks.

1981: Second IRA protester dies in jail
Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a republican campaign for political status to be granted to IRA prisoners.

1967: Stansted to become London's third airport
The British Government gives the go-ahead to proposals to convert Stansted into an international airport.

2000: Ford quits Dagenham after 70 years
Ford workers at its Dagenham plant react with shock and anger at the news that car production is to be transferred to Germany and Spain, with the loss of 3,000 jobs.


1971: Row rocks Rolling Stone wedding
The Rolling Stones singer, Mick Jagger, marries his fiancee Bianca Perez Morena de Macias after a row with the media nearly halts proceedings.
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1981: Thousands see Pope shot in Rome
Crowds in St Peter's Square in Rome are stunned by the close-range shooting of the Pope.

1989: British war hero 'seized' in Beirut
British war hero Jackie Mann,74, is feared kidnapped in Beirut after disappearing in the Lebanese capital.

1968: Workers join Paris student protest
A one-day workers' general strike is called in solidarity with students calling for the fall of government and protesting police brutality.

1995: British woman conquers Everest
A British mother of two becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

1977: Cricket captain sacked over 'circus'
England captain Tony Greig is fired for recruiting players to Australian media mogul Kerry Packer's rival World XI team in what is seen as a "breach of trust".
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1943: RAF raid smashes German dams
An audacious raid into the industrial heartland of Germany uses revolutionary bombs to flood the Ruhr valley.

1974: Bombs devastate Dublin and Monaghan
Four car bombs explode in the Irish capital, leaving at least 23 dead and more than 100 injured.

1960: East-West summit in tatters after spy plane row
The much-heralded Big Four summit in Paris fails after U2 spy plane recriminations.

1978: Charlie Chaplin's stolen body found
The coffin containing the body of Charlie Chaplin - missing since his grave was pillaged nearly two months ago - is found.

2000: First Britons reach North Pole unaided
Two Royal Marine commandos are the first Britons to reach the geographical North Pole braving severe weather conditions.

1955: Eden takes to the airwaves
Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden presents the largest-scale election broadcast ever seen on television.
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1980: Nine dead after Mount St Helens eruption
Nine people die following the massive eruption of Mount St Helens volcano in Washington State, USA.

2004: Angry dads hit Blair with purple flour
Security at the House of Commons comes under scrutiny after Fathers 4 Justice protesters attack the prime minister.

1986: South African raids wreck peace bid
South African troops attack Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana bringing to an end diplomatic efforts to bring a peaceful end to apartheid.

1974: Giscard d'Estaing voted French president
Valery Giscard d'Estaing is elected President of France, defeating socialist Francois Mitterrand.


1997: Labour to stub out tobacco sponsorship
The sponsorship of sports events by tobacco firms is to be outlawed, says Health Secretary Frank Dobson.
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1998: Leaders welcome 'yes' vote for N Ireland
The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, welcomes the resounding "yes" vote in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement on Northern Ireland calling it "a day for joy".

1977: Dutch children held hostage
More than 100 children and six teachers are taken hostage in a primary school in northern Holland.

1962: Ex-general escapes death sentence
A military court in Paris imposes a life sentence on Raoul Salan, leader of an extremist group violently opposed to Algerian independence.

1984: Villagers die in water plant blast
At least four people are dead and dozens more injured in an explosion at a Lancashire water treatment plant.


1966: Emergency laws over seamen's strike
The British government declares a state of emergency a week after the nation's seamen strike begins.
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2001: Israel wedding party tragedy
At least 20 people are killed and hundreds are injured at a wedding party in Jerusalem when a building collapses.

1975: Journalists leave fallen Saigon
A group of 80 reporters and cameramen - including nine Britons - are allowed to fly out of Saigon.

1989: Yorkshire Ripper's wife wins damages
A jury at the High Court in London awards £600,000 damages to Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, against the satirical magazine Private Eye.

1968: De Gaulle: 'Back me or sack me'
The President of France, Charles de Gaulle, issues an ultimatum to striking students and workers.


1999: Drugs row Dallaglio goes
Lawrence Dallaglio resigns as England's rugby union captain following newspaper allegations over hard drugs.
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1982: Dozens killed as Argentines hit British ships
Dozens of men are feared dead in the seas around the Falkland Islands after frigates are destroyed.

1967: Celtic win European Cup
Celtic become the first British team to win the European Cup, beating favourites Internazionale Milan 2-1.

1961: Kennedy pledges man on Moon
President John F Kennedy says the US will aim to put the first man on the Moon by the end of the decade.

1963: African states unite against white rule
Leaders of 32 African nations set up an organisation that will give them a united voice for the first time in African history.

1979: Price of milk shoots up
The price of milk is to go up by more than 10% to 15p a pint - three times the price it was five years ago.

1994: Camelot wins UK lottery race
The Camelot consortium wins the contract to run Britain's first national lottery starting in November.
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1964: Light goes out in India as Nehru dies
Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of modern India and its current prime minister, dies suddenly at the age of 74.

1955: Election victory for Tories under Eden
Anthony Eden's Conservatives win the general election with a clear majority, ending a five-year political stalemate.

1963: Kenyatta to be Kenya's first premier
Jomo Kenyatta is certain to become prime minister after his party, Kenya African Nation Union, won the country's first general election.

1994: Dissident writer Solzhenitsyn returns
Alexander Solzhenitsyn flies back to his native Russia after 20 years living in exile.

1980: Peach death was 'misadventure'
The jury at the inquest of Blair Peach, the London teacher who died in a demonstration last year, returns a verdict of misadventure.

2000: GM blunder leaves farmers in uproar
Scottish farmers who accidentally planted genetically modified seeds say they will fight for compensation.
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2001: Nepal royal family massacred
The heir to the throne of Himalayan kingdom of Nepal massacres the royal family before turning the gun on himself.

1993: Serb attack on football match kills 11
Serb forces shell a football match in Bosnia killing 11 people, including four children.

1979: End of white rule in Rhodesia
Rhodesia formally ends nearly 90 years of white minority rule and declares it will now be known as Zimbabwe-Rhodesia

1958: De Gaulle returns to tackle Algeria
France's General Charles de Gaulle is invited back to the helm as the crisis in Algeria threatens to bring civil war to France itself.

1985: Hippies clash with police at Stonehenge
More than 300 people are arrested as police intercept a convoy of hippies going to Stonehenge.

1970: British Prime Minister hit by flying egg
The Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, has been hit in the face with an egg thrown by a Young conservative demonstrator.
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1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath
Queen Elizabeth II is crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London.

1979: Millions cheer as the Pope comes home
The Pope is greeted by two million people as he sets foot on his native soil of Poland.

1994: MI5 officers killed in helicopter crash
Twenty of Britain's top intelligence experts are killed when a RAF helicopter crashes on the Mull of Kintyre.

1985: Uefa bans English clubs from Europe
English clubs are banned from playing in Europe indefinitely, after the riot at Brussels' Heysel stadium in which 39 people died.

1966: First US space probe lands on Moon
The United States lands a spacecraft on the Moon on its first try, but four months behind the Soviet Union.

1976: Piggott celebrates 7th Derby victory
Jockey Lester Piggott wins the Epsom Derby for a record seventh time, riding the French-trained Emperie.
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1962: 130 die in Paris air crash
An Air France Boeing 707 crashes on take-off at Orly Airport killing all but two of those on board.

1991: IRA men shot dead by British army
Three members of the IRA are ambushed and killed by soldiers in Northern Ireland acting on intelligence information.

1982: Israeli ambassador shot in London
Shlomo Argov, the Israeli ambassador to Britain, is critically ill in hospital after being shot on a London street.

1972: Protestant march ends in battle
Soldiers disperse crowds as a Protestant march against "no-go" areas in Londonderry turns violent at Craigavon Bridge.


1957: Noel Coward comes home
Noel Coward returns from Jamaica for a short visit to Britain and rebuffs suggestions he has become a tax exile.
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1944: D-Day marks start of Europe invasion
Thousands of Allied troops are landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.

1984: Troops raid Golden Temple in Amritsar
Nearly 300 people are killed as Indian troops storm the Golden Temple in Amritsar, held by Sikh militants.

1966: Black civil rights activist shot
James Meredith, the first black man to brave the colour bar at the University of Mississippi, is shot in the back and legs while on a civil rights march.

1975: UK embraces Europe in referendum
British voters back the UK's continued membership of the EEC by two-to-one in a nationwide referendum.


1994: Asylum seekers flee detention centre
Six detainees held in an Oxfordshire immigration centre make their escape after a rooftop protest.
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1942: Japanese beaten in Battle of Midway
The United States routs the Japanese Navy in a major three-day battle over a remote military base at Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean.

1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor
Israel shocks the world by destroying the Osirak nuclear plant near the Iraqi capital for fear it would be used to make atom bombs.

1977: Queen celebrates Silver Jubilee
More than one million people line the streets of London as the Queen marks the start of her silver jubilee.

1990: Three countries lift beef export ban
France, West Germany and Italy lift a ban on British beef-on-the-bone after reaching a deal in Brussels.

2000: Blair 'handbagged' by the WI
The UK prime minister is heckled and criticised by Women's Institute members as he gives a speech at their conference.
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1967: Israel ends six-day war
Israeli forces stop their advance into Syria and comply with a UN ceasefire bringing to an end six days of fighting on three fronts.

1986: Magee convicted of Brighton bombing
Patrick Joseph Magee is found guilty of planting the Brighton bomb which killed five people two years ago.

1999: Nato calls off air war on Kosovo
Nato suspends its 11-week aerial war on Kosovo as Serb troops begin to withdraw.

2000: Swaying Millennium Bridge closed
London's newest bridge is closed for safety checks after large crowds cause it to sway violently.


1977: Killer perch outwitted by electric rod
An elusive goldfish-eating perch with a prodigious appetite is finally netted after two years on the rampage in a Kent pond.
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1967: Moscow calls for UN action against Israel
The United Nations Security Council rejects Soviet demands for an immediate vote to condemn Israel's aggression in the so-called six-day war.

1981: Queen shot at by youth
A 17-year-old man is arrested for shooting a replica gun at the Queen as she rode past crowds in London.

2005: Michael Jackson cleared of abuse
Pop star Michael Jackson is found not guilty of all charges after a four-month-long child abuse trial.

1991: Yeltsin wins first Russian elections
Boris Yeltsin celebrates victory as Russia's first popularly-elected president.

1978: Israeli troops leave southern Lebanon
Israeli troops complete their withdrawal from southern Lebanon handing over many of their positions to a right-wing Christian movement.

1996: Guernsey votes to legalise abortion
Guernsey votes to legalise abortion, overturning a ban which dates back to 1910.
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1996: Huge explosion rocks central Manchester
A massive bomb devastates a busy shopping area in central Manchester.

1974: Man dies in race rally clashes
A march through central London leaves one person dead and many more injured as rival demonstrators clash with police and each other.

1971: Councils defy Thatcher milk ban
Opposition is growing to Margaret Thatcher's plans to end free school milk for children over the age of seven.

2000: British marines leave Sierra Leone
The major contingent of the British military task force sent to help restore order in Sierra Leone leaves the country.


1966: Hovercraft deal opens show
The world's first hovershow opens in Britain with news of a Ministry of Defence order worth £1m.
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1972: UK's worst air crash kills 118
A flight from London Heathrow to Brussels crashes minutes after take-off killing all 118 people on board.

1979: Leaders agree arms reduction treaty
United States President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign Salt II, the first arms-reduction treaty between the two super powers.

1999: Anti-capitalism demo turns violent
Police and protesters clash at a demonstration against capitalism in the centre of London's financial district.

1965: Drink-drive limit to be introduced
The government announces it will introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers with penalties for those caught above it.


1956: Truman rejects anti-Stalin talk
The former President of the United States, Harry Truman, dismisses suggestions Moscow may be about to turn its back on its Stalinist past.
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1976: Westerners evacuated from Beirut
Hundreds of Americans and Britons are moved from Beirut and taken to safety in Syria by the US military, following the murder of the US ambassador.

1995: Shell makes dramatic U-turn
Oil giant Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.

1990: Major proposes new Euro currency
British Chancellor John Major proposes a new European currency which would circulate alongside existing national currencies.

1984: O-Levels to be replaced by GCSEs
The biggest exam shake-up for over 10 years is announced with O-Level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam.


1965: Students protest after Algiers coup
Police in Algiers break up demonstrations by people who have taken to the streets chanting slogans in support of deposed President Ben Bella
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1945: US troops take Okinawa
The Japanese island of Okinawa falls to the Americans after a long and bloody battle.

1978: Four dead in post office shootings
An outbreak of shooting between Provisional IRA members and the British Army leaves one civilian and three IRA men dead.

1982: Princess Diana gives birth to boy
Diana, Princess of Wales, gives birth to a boy sixteen hours after checking in to St Mary's Hospital, in London.

1991: Anger over chairman's 66% pay rise
British Gas chairman Robert Evans is under fire for accepting a pay increase taking his annual wage to £370,000.

1968: Egg board 'should be scrapped'
The Egg Marketing Board should be scrapped and an independent authority established in its place, according to a report published today.
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1941: Hitler invades the Soviet Union
The German Army takes the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin by surprise as it begins a massive advance on Moscow.

1981: Chapman pleads guilty to Lennon murder
Mark Chapman changes his plea to guilty and admits he murdered John Lennon in December 1980.

2004: Child killer Dutroux jailed for life
A Belgian court sentences Marc Dutroux to life in prison for the kidnap, rape and murder of young girls.

1979: Thorpe cleared of murder charges
A jury clears former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe of the attempted murder of Norman Scott.

2001: Bulger killers to be released
The Parole Board decides that the two schoolboy murderers of James Bulger are to be released.

1959: Harrods in £34m merger talks
Directors of Harrods are urging shareholders to vote for a merger with Debenhams department chain.

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