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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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1974: Labour rift over nuclear test
The Labour Government admits Britain exploded a nuclear device in the United States a few weeks ago.

1983: US astronaut Sally Ride returns
America's first woman in space, Sally Ride, returns safely in the Challenger space shuttle after a six-day flight.

1968: Rail go-slow begins
The country's rail network is thrown into disarray as the National Union of Railwaymen begins its work-to-rule and ban on overtime.

1986: Ian Paisley's battle cry condemned
Hard-line unionist leader the Reverend Ian Paisley warns Northern Ireland is on the verge of civil war.

1993: Minister resigns over business links
Northern Ireland Minister Michael Mates resigns over his links with fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir.
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1995: US shuttle docks with Russian space station
American and Russian spacecrafts successfully dock in orbit for the first time in 20 years.

1960: BBC unveils TV 'factory'
The BBC's new Television Centre will be the "Hollywood" of the small screen, the corporation's director of TV announces.

1974: First female president for Argentina
Isabel Peron is sworn in as interim leader of the Argentine Republic after her husband falls ill.

1986: Branson beats Atlantic speed record
Millionaire Richard Branson smashes the world record for the fastest powerboat crossing of the Atlantic.


2001: Diana fountain given go-ahead
The government announces a memorial in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be built in London's Hyde Park.
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1997: Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control
Hong Kong is handed back to the Chinese authorities - ending more than 150 years of British control.

1963: Philby confirmed as 'third man'
Former Foreign Office official Harold Philby is confirmed as the "third man" in the Burgess and Maclean case.

1994: Yasser Arafat ends 27-year exile
The chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, returns to the Gaza Strip after 27 years in exile.

2004: Cassini captures Saturn's rings
International space probe Cassini-Huygens reaches Saturn and sends back the closest photographs yet of the planet's rings.

1987: Stock-broker guilty of corruption
One of the City's top investment bankers receives the first conviction for insider dealing since it became illegal.

2000: Ex-Blair ally attacks prime minister
Millionaire novelist Ken Follett levels scathing personal criticism at Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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1976: Israelis rescue Entebbe hostages
In a dramatic raid Israeli commandos fly to Uganda to save 100 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers at Entebbe airport.

1954: Housewives celebrate end of rationing
Fourteen years of food rationing in Britain is over as restrictions on the sale and purchase of meat, and bacon in particular, are lifted.

1995: Major wins Conservative leadership
The Prime Minister, John Major, wins his battle to remain leader of the Conservative party.

1985: Teenage genius gets a first
Child prodigy Ruth Lawrence achieves a starred first in Mathematics at Oxford University.

1968: Alec Rose sails home
Round-the-world yachtsman Alec Rose receives a hero's welcome as he sails into Portsmouth after his 354-day trip.

1977: Manchester United sack manager
Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty is sacked by the club's directors.
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2005: Bomb attacks on London
A series of bomb attacks on London's transport network kills more than 30 people and injures about 700 others.

2001: Two stabbed in Bradford race riots
Two people are stabbed and many more injured in running battles between white and Asian gangs in Bradford.

1976: British grandmother missing in Uganda
Ugandan authorities deny knowledge of the whereabouts of missing British-Israeli citizen Dora Bloch.

1985: Boris Becker wins Wimbledon at 17
Tennis unknown Boris Becker becomes the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at the age of 17.

1969: Brian Jones died of 'drink and drugs'
Former Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, drowned after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest is told.

1998: Chief's death sparks turmoil in Nigeria
At least 19 people are killed in riots in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, following the death of the opposition leader.
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1940: Luftwaffe launches Battle of Britain
The German air force, the Luftwaffe, attacks shipping convoys off the south-east coast of England at the start of the battle to save Britain from invasion.

1996: Girl survives murder of mother and sister
The battered bodies of Lin Russell and her six-year-old daughter Megan are found near their home in Kent.

1943: Western Allies invade Sicily
British, Canadian and American troops arrive on the Mediterranean island of Sicily - largely unopposed.

1985: Rainbow Warrior sinks after explosion
The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is blown up in Auckland harbour, New Zealand.

1972: Whitelaw's secret meeting with IRA
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw is involved in secret talks with the provisional IRA in London.

2000: UK tidal wave of web users
One in four British homes is now using the internet according to figures released by the government.
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1985: Live Aid makes millions for Africa
The Live Aid concert for the starving in Africa, the world's biggest rock festival held in London and Philadelphia, raises £30m.

1955: Ruth Ellis hanged for killing lover
Convicted murderer Ruth Ellis is hanged at Holloway Prison, London.

1971: Death for Moroccan rebel leaders
Ten army officers involved in an aborted coup in Morocco have been executed.

2001: Family demand inquiry into police shooting
The family of a mentally ill man shot dead by police in Liverpool last night demands a public inquiry.


1993: Green light for Manchester Olympics
Officials in Manchester bidding to hold the 2000 Olympic Games have been told their chances are "very, very high".
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2000: Sarah Payne's body found
Police confirm the body they found in a West Sussex field yesterday is that of missing eight-year old Sarah Payne.

1966: Nurses murder suspect charged
US police have charged a seaman with the murder of eight student nurses in their hostel in Chicago.

2003: Missing Iraq expert - body found
A body believed to be that of government scientist Dr David Kelly is found in Oxfordshire - an inquiry will be held into his death.

1981: Violence erupts at Irish hunger strike protest
Nearly 200 people are in hospital in Dublin after a hunger strike demonstration turned violent.


1990: English teenagers held in Thailand over drugs
Two teenage girls from the Midlands are arrested for drug smuggling in Thailand.
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1974: Turkey invades Cyprus
Thousands of Turkish troops invade northern Cyprus after last-minute talks in the Greek capital, Athens, fail to reach a solution.

1944: Hitler survives assassination attempt
Adolf Hitler escapes death after a third attempt on his life when a bomb explodes in Rastenberg

1982: IRA bombs cause carnage in London
Eight soldiers on ceremonial duty are killed in two IRA bomb blasts in Hyde Park and Regent's Park.

1960: Ceylon chooses world's first woman PM
Sirimavo Bandaranaike makes history when she becomes the first-ever female head of government.

1990: IRA bombs Stock Exchange
An IRA bomb blows a 10-foot hole in the London Stock Exchange.

1952: Zatopek wins gold at Helsinki
Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia sets the pace at the start of the Olympic Games in Finland by breaking the 10,000 metres record.

2003: BBC admits Kelly was 'main source'
The BBC confirms weapons expert Dr David Kelly, found dead two days ago, was the source for reports that the government "sexed up" an Iraq dossier.
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1969: Man takes first steps on the Moon
American Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the Moon.

2005: Tube chaos after more blasts
London's underground network is plunged into chaos after explosions on two trains and a bus - exactly a fortnight after four suicide bomb blasts in the capital.

1954: Peace deal ends Indo-China war
Eight years of war come to an end as the French cede control of northern Vietnam to the Communist Viet Minh after signing the Geneva Accord.

1994: Labour chooses Blair
The MP for Sedgefield, Tony Blair, is confirmed as the new leader of the Labour Party.

1974: Cyprus conflict spills into London
Thousands of Greek-Cypriots in London protest about the disputed government of Cyprus.

1982: Homecoming for HMS Hermes
The flagship of the British taskforce to the Falklands, HMS Hermes, arrives back in Portsmouth.
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1974: Greek military rule gives in to democracy
The military government in Greece collapses and the former prime minister Constantine Karamanlis is invited to return.

2005: Dozens killed in Egypt bomb blast
At least 88 people are killed in bomb attacks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, hospital staff say.

1986: Prince Andrew weds Sarah Ferguson
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson marry at Westminster Abbey.

1984: Sellafield 'not linked' to cancer cluster
A government report finds a cancer cluster near the controversial nuclear plant at Sellafield in Cumbria - but says it may not be linked to the plant.

1995: British forces sent to Sarajevo
Britain sends 1,200 troops to relieve the besieged Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.

1957: Bus dispute turns violent
There have been violent scenes around Britain as the strike by busmen in the English regions enters its fourth day.
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1956: Egypt seizes Suez Canal
Egypt's president, Colonel Nasser, announces the nationalisation of the Suez Canal Company to provide funding for the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

1945: Churchill loses general election
Clement Attlee is Britain's new prime minister after Labour win a sweeping victory over the Conservatives.

1963: Thousands killed in Yugoslav earthquake
Thousands of people are feared dead as a massive earthquake rocks the Yugoslavian city of Skopje.

1994: Israel's London embassy bombed
A car bomb explodes outside the Israeli embassy in London injuring 14 people.

1952: Eva Peron dies
Senora Eva Peron wife of the president of the Argentine Republic, dies from cancer, aged 33.

1983: Mother loses contraception test case
A mother of 10 fails to prevent doctors prescribing contraception to under-16s without parental consent.
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1996: Bomb rocks Atlanta Olympics
A bomb explodes in Atlanta, Georgia, the city hosting this year's Olympic Games leaving two people dead and many more injured.

1965: Heath is new Tory leader
Shadow Chancellor Edward Heath beats off his rivals in the Conservative leadership contest.

1982: Seychelles coup leader guilty of hijack
Mercenary leader Colonel 'Mad Mike' Hoare is found guilty of hijacking a plane to escape from a failed coup in the Seychelles.

2003: Comic legend Bob Hope dies
American icon and legendary comedian Bob Hope dies just two months after celebrating his 100th birthday.

2000: Labour publishes plans to revolutionise NHS
The Labour Government announces the most radical re-organisation of the NHS since it was founded in 1948.

1978: Transatlantic balloonists in trouble
Two British balloonists battling to be the first to cross the Atlantic are in difficulties half way across the ocean.
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1976: Chinese earthquake kills hundreds of thousands
More than 200,000 people are feared dead after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits China.

2005: IRA declares end to armed struggle
The IRA formally orders an end to its armed campaign and says it will pursue exclusively peaceful means.

2000: Last prisoners leave the Maze
Nearly 80 men imprisoned for terrorist offences are freed from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

1965: US orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam
President Johnson commits a further 50,000 US troops to the conflict in Vietnam.

1972: National dock strike begins
Thousands of British dockers begin an official strike to safeguard jobs.

1988: Ashdown to lead Britain's third party
The MP for Yeovil, Paddy Ashdown, is elected the first leader of the new Social and Liberal Democrat Party.
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1986: Parents appeal for missing agent
The parents of missing London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh make an emotional appeal for her safe return.

1966: Football glory for England
England win football's World Cup for the first time since the tournament began in 1930.

1973: Final deal for thalidomide victims
An 11-year legal battle ends with more than £20 million compensation for victims of thalidomide.

1974: Peace deal for Cyprus
Greek, Turkish and UK foreign ministers sign a peace agreement for Cyprus.


1991: Pavarotti sings in the British rain
Italian tenor Pavorotti celebrates 30 years in opera with a huge, free concert in Hyde Park.
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1944: Uprising to free Warsaw begins
The Polish Underground Army begins battle to liberate Warsaw, the first European city to fall to the Germans.

1971: Apollo 15 finds rock from birth of Moon
Astronauts uncover a rock which may date back to the origin of the Moon.

2003: Hutton inquiry begins
The judge investigating the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly says his first task is to flesh out "a fuller picture of the facts".

1994: Library fire wipes out historic records
Thousands of historic documents and more than 100,000 books are destroyed in a blaze which ripped through Norwich Central Library early today.

1989: Britain's oldest person turns 112
Charlotte Marion Hughes from Cleveland celebrates her birthday - and enters the record books.

2001: Boy 'held prisoner for eight years'
Officers from Scotland Yard's Child Protection Team are investigating a boy's claims he was held captive in his own home for eight years.



1989: Britain's oldest person turns 112
Charlotte Marion Hughes from Cleveland celebrates her birthday - and enters the record books.

I wonder if she is still the oldest person
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2001: Car bomb in west London injures seven
A bomb explodes in a busy west London street, injuring seven people.

2003: Anglican church approves gay bishop
The Anglican Church in America votes to approve the appointment of an openly gay bishop, angering religious leaders around the world.

1990: UK temperatures reach record high
A weather station in Leicestershire records the highest temperature ever known in Britain.

1978: Queen opens Commonwealth Games
The Queen officially opens the 11th Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada.

1957: Rahman to lead independent Malaya
Tunku Abdul Rahman, a British-educated Malay prince, is elected as head of state ahead of independence from Britain.
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1964: Three civil rights activists found dead
FBI agents uncover the bodies of three missing civil rights workers at a dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi.

1987: Moors murderer claims more killings
Moors murderer Ian Brady claims he was involved in another five killings.

2002: Police 'concerned' for missing girls
Police in Cambridgeshire say they are "extremely concerned" over the disappearance of two 10-year-old schoolgirls.

1972: Governor Wallace's attacker jailed
The man who tried to assassinate Governor George Wallace is sentenced to 63 years in jail.


2000: Queen Mother celebrates centenary
Celebrations take place all over the United Kingdom to mark the 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
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1991: Beirut hostage John McCarthy freed
John McCarthy, Britain's longest-held hostage in Lebanon, is set free after more than five years in captivity.

1974: President Nixon to resign from office
Richard Nixon announces he is to step down as president of the United States - the first man ever to do so.

1963: Train robbers make off with millions
Thieves ambush the Glasgow to Euston mail train and steal thousands of pounds.

1988: Prince Andrew becomes a father
The Duke and Duchess of York announce the birth of their first child.

2001: Hollywood's 'golden couple' divorce
The final decree ending the marriage of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise comes through hours after they attend the premiere of their latest movie, The Others.
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1982: Krays let out for mother's funeral
The notorious East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray have been allowed out of prison for their mother's funeral.

1999: Millions marvel at total eclipse
Up to 350 million people in Europe and Asia witness the last total solar eclipse of the century.

1971: Admiral's Cup triumph for Heath
Prime Minister Edward Heath steers the British yachting team to Admiral's Cup victory.

1984: Zola Budd in race trip controversy
British athlete sparks controversy in the 3,000m Olympics final as American favourite Mary Decker trips over her.


2000: Air rage pair jailed
Two men are jailed after an incident of "air rage" on board a holiday jet bound for Jamaica.
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1961: Berliners wake to divided city
Troops in East Germany seal off the border between East and West Berlin, shutting off the escape route for thousands of refugees from the East.

1966: China announces Cultural Revolution
China announces plans for a "new leap forward" after the first meeting in four years of the Communist Party's Central Committee.

1977: Violent clashes at NF march
More than 200 protesters are arrested after demonstrations in Lewisham against a National Front march.

1985: Heart-lung transplant makes history
A three-year-old boy from Dublin becomes the world's youngest heart and lung transplant patient.


1991: Prince quits in museum design row
The Prince of Wales resigns as the patron of Scotland's national museum over a competition to design a new building.
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1992: Serbian prison camps condemned Conditions in two Serbian detention camps are condemned as "hell on earth" by the man leading a delegation to inspect them.

1964: South Africa banned from Olympics
South Africa are barred from taking part in the 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo over its refusal to condemn apartheid.

1989: Man U sold in record takeover deal
Manchester United Football Club is sold for £20m in the biggest takeover deal in the history of British football.

1969: Woodstock music festival ends
Three days and nights of sex, drugs and rock and roll come to a peaceful end as the Woodstock music festival winds down.


1971: British Army shot 'unarmed' disabled man
The British Army is accused of shooting dead an unarmed, disabled man during disturbances in Northern Ireland.
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1987: Gunman kills 14 in Hungerford rampage
A man shoots 14 people dead in the Berkshire town of Hungerford.

1991: Hardliners stage coup against Gorbachev
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is overthrown in a coup as Communist hardliners take over.

2003: UN envoy dies in Baghdad bombing
A massive bomb wrecks the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 17 people including the UN's chief envoy to Iraq.

1942: Allies launch daring raid on Dieppe
Allied troops, mainly Canadian, pull back after nine hours of heavy fighting on the French coast at Dieppe, northwest of Paris.

1960: Moscow jails American U-2 spy pilot
The United States pilot, Francis Gary Powers, is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Soviet military court.

1975: Davis campaigners stop Test match
Campaigners calling for the release of robber George Davis from prison vandalise the pitch at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds.
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1993: Michael Jackson accused of child abuse

Police in Los Angeles are investigating allegations of child abuse made against singer Michael Jackson.

1985: Sleeping boy killed in police raid
A five-year-old boy is shot dead in a police raid on his home in Birmingham.

1990: Irish hostage released in Lebanon
The Irish hostage, Brian Keenan, is released in Beirut after more than four years in captivity.

1954: Brazilian president found dead
Brazilian president Getulio Vargas resigns under pressure from the military and then commits suicide just hours later.


I love this story about the penguins taken on a daytrip to the ice-rink to cool off. pirat


1967: Penguins cool off in heat wave
Two penguins from Chessington Zoo are taken on a day trip to a local ice-rink to cool off during sweltering London temperatures.
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1959: US to 'stand by' West Germans
America will stand by West Germans in their efforts to remain strong and free, the US President pledges.

1975: Rhodesia peace talks fail
Talks between the Rhodesian Government and the African National Council collapse acrimoniously.

1985: Budd smashes 5,000m record
Controversial athlete Zola Budd breaks the world 5,000m record.

1994: Man gets 'bionic' heart
A man is given the world's first battery-operated heart in a pioneering operation in Britain.


1962: Abortion mother returns home
An American mother-of-four is on her way home amid a storm of controversy after having an abortion in Sweden.

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