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Post by Whiskers on Fri 26 Aug 2016, 12:23

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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1997: Princess Diana dies in Paris crash
Diana, Princess of Wales, is killed after her car crashes in a Paris underpass - the driver and her friend Dodi Fayed are also dead.



1994: IRA declares 'complete' ceasefire
The IRA announces a "complete cessation of military operations" after 25 years of bombing and killing.



1959: Anglo-US TV debate makes history
British prime minister Harold Macmillan and American president Dwight Eisenhower give an historic live television broadcast from Downing Street.



1977: Smith keeps power in Rhodesia
Ian Smith's ruling Rhodesian Front wins an overwhelming victory in the country's general election.



1989: Royal couple to separate
Buckingham Palace confirms that after 16 years of marriage Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips are to live apart.


1957: Malaya celebrates independence
The Federation of Malaya becomes independent from Britain after a midnight handover ceremony.


I can't believe its 9 years since Diana died  surprised
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 01 Sep 2016, 16:49

Whiskers wrote:

I can't believe its 9 years since Diana died  surprised


Neither can I, Whiskers ... drunken

..... Hmm  But I can believe that she died nineteen years ago. rabbit
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Kitkat wrote:
Whiskers wrote:

I can't believe its 9 years since Diana died  surprised


Neither can I, Whiskers ... drunken

..... Hmm  But I can believe that she died nineteen years ago. rabbit

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1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender
Japanese officials sign the act of unconditional surrender, finally bringing to an end six years of world war.

1979: Ripper suspected of 12th murder
Police discover the body of a young woman - thought to be the 12th victim of the "Yorkshire Ripper" - in an alleyway near the centre of Bradford.

1984: Seven killed in Sydney biker shootings
A 14-year-old girl and six bikers are killed in a gun battle between rival gangs in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

1994: Roy Castle loses battle with cancer
Entertainer and television presenter Roy Castle dies from cancer at his Buckinghamshire home, just two days after his 62nd birthday.


1951: Designers prepare to dazzle Venice
British designers hold a fashion show of 40 outfits they plan to show at the Venice Biennale arts festival.
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1940: London blitzed by German bombers
The German airforce unleashes a wave of heavy bombing raids on London, killing hundreds of civilians and injuring many more.

1992: Troops kill 24 at ANC rally
At least 24 people are killed and 150 injured when soldiers fire on an African National Congress demonstration in South Africa.

1952: Egyptian army ousts prime minister
Following the recent coup in Egypt, General Mohammed Neguib forces Aly Maher out of office and assumes control himself.

1978: Callaghan accused of running scared
The UK Prime Minister announces he will not call an election this autumn, prompting criticism from the Opposition.


1984: Epidemic 'spreads to second hospital'
Three more people die in the food poisoning epidemic at hospitals in Yorkshire, bringing the total number of deaths to 22.
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1943: Italy's surrender announced
General Dwight D Eisenhower tells the world of the secret capitulation five days ago by the Italian Government.

1950: Miners trapped underground by landslide
Rescuers say 116 miners trapped in Knockshinnoch Castle colliery in Scotland following a landslide are safe.

1998: Real IRA announce ceasefire
The dissident republican group behind Northern Ireland's worst atrocity declares its violence at an end.

2000: French fuel protests spread to UK
The fuel protests which have been crippling France for the past week reach Britain with a series of actions across the country.


1986: Pinochet survives rebel ambush
The president of Chile escapes an attempt on his life in a fierce attack killing five of his bodyguards and wounding 11 more.
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1998: Real IRA announce ceasefire
The dissident republican group behind Northern Ireland's worst atrocity declares its violence at an end.

Hmmm ... these guys were not the main culprits behind "Northern Ireland's worst atrocity" .... ?????
but hey ho, that's just typical of headline coverage coming from the Beeb.
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1971: British diplomat freed after eight months
The British Ambassador, Geoffrey Jackson, is released eight months after being captured by extreme left-wing guerrillas in Uruguay.

1987: Liverpool fans to stand trial in Belgium
Twenty-five English football fans involved in the Heysel stadium disaster are extradited to Belgium.

1999: Report urges sweeping reform of RUC
The Royal Ulster Constabulary should undergo wholesale reform, a Police Review Commission report recommends.

1976: Chairman Mao Zedong dies
The leader of the Chinese revolution Chairman Mao Zedong dies at the age of 82.

1988: Indian cricket tour 'cancelled'
English cricket captain Graham Gooch and seven other members of his squad are refused visas to travel to India.
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2001: US declares war on terror
The President of the United States describes the destruction caused in New York and Washington as an act of war against all freedom-loving people.

1977: Steve Biko dies in custody
The leader of the black consciousness movement in South Africa, Steve Biko, dies in police custody.

2005: England win the Ashes
England take the Ashes from Australia for the first time since 1987 after the "best ever" series.

1970: Hijacked jets destroyed by guerrillas
Palestinian militants blow up the three planes they have been holding at an airfield in the Jordanian desert.

1959: Soviets launch rocket at the Moon
A massive Russian rocket, carrying 860lb (391kg) of scientific instruments, is successfully launched at the Moon.

1997: Scots say 'Yes' to home rule
Scotland votes decisively for home rule in a referendum on how they want the country to be governed.

2003: Johnny Cash dies
One of the great legends of country music, Johnny Cash, dies after a short illness.
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1986: Kinross Miners 'killed where they stood'
At least 177 people die during a lethal fire in a South African gold mine.

1978: Thousands dead in Iran earthquake
An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale hits south-east Iran demolishing a major city and dozens of surrounding villages.

1977: T-Rex singer killed in car smash
Pop star Marc Bolan is killed in a car crash in south-west London.

1992: UK crashes out of ERM
The government suspends Britain's membership of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

1968: Post Office backs first class service
The new two-tier postal service proves confusing for customers, but the Post Office says it will raise extra cash.
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1985: Mexico suffers devastating earthquake
A massive quake under Mexico City kills and injures thousands, devastating three states along the Pacific coast.

1997: Six dead in Southall train disaster
An Intercity 125 ploughs into a freight train in west London, killing six and injuring more than 150.

1972: Parcel bomb attack on Israeli embassy
A diplomat at the Israeli embassy in London is killed by a letter bomb.

1986: Two dead in Midlands rail crash
Two passenger trains crash in Staffordshire, killing two people and injuring almost a hundred more.

2003: Washington DC swept by hurricane
Hurricane Isabel hits the east coast of the United States and sweeps through the capital.

1952: US Immigration slams door on Chaplin
The United States prevents film legend Charlie Chaplin from returning to Hollywood until he is investigated by the Immigration Services.
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1998: Clinton's Grand Jury testimony released
Bill Clinton's testimony about his relationship with a young female assistant is released to the United States public.

1979: Harrier crash kills three
An RAF plane crashes onto houses in a Cambridgeshire town, killing two men and a young boy.

1955: Britain claims Rockall
Britain has annexed a rocky islet 300 miles west of Scotland to stop the Soviets spying on missile tests, the Admiralty announces.

1984: Maltby picket sparks violence
Police and miners clash at a pit in South Yorkshire in one of the biggest pickets since the strike began.


1969: Police storm squat in Piccadilly
Police raid a 100-room mansion in Piccadilly and evict squatters who have occupied the building for the last six days.
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 12:28

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1955: Britain claims Rockall
Britain has annexed a rocky islet 300 miles west of Scotland to stop the Soviets spying on missile tests, the Admiralty announces.


Rockall does not belong to Britain!   judge

As recently stated in the Dáil (Irish Parliament):
The issue of Rockall has in the past been a source of some public and political controversy in both Ireland and in the United Kingdom.  Much of that controversy was due to unresolved fears on either side regarding the division as between the two countries in the sea area around that rock.  ...In particular, jurisdiction over Rockall  was thought to be central to the mineral rights in the adjacent seabed,  as well as to national fishing rights in the surrounding seas
http://www.andywightman.com/docs/symmons_rockall.pdf


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giggle  I like the song kk.  I never heard of Rockall. 
The history clips are from the BBC so they might be a bit bias sometimes. wary



1975: First Britons conquer Everest
Dougal Haston and Doug Scott become the first Britons to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain.

1980: Iraq bombs Iran as hostilities increase
Iraqi planes bomb and set on fire Iran's Kharg Island crude oil export terminal.

1976: White rule in Rhodesia to end
The Rhodesian Government agrees to introduce black majority rule to the country within two years.

1992: Mellor resigns over sex scandal
David Mellor resigns as heritage minister, blaming his departure on a constant barrage of hostile stories in the tabloid press.

1988: Gold for Johnson in 100m sprint
Ben Johnson wins the 100m gold at the Seoul Olympics and reaffirms his position as the world's fastest man.
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1944: Airborne troops retreat from Arnhem
British and Polish soldiers withdraw from Arnhem after days of fierce fighting with little food or water.

1960: Kennedy and Nixon clash in TV debate
Almost 70 million Americans tune in to watch the first ever televised debate between the two presidential candidates.

1984: UK and China agree Hong Kong handover
Britain and China finalise proposals to end 150 years of British rule in Hong Kong.

1997: Earthquakes rock central Italy
Two earthquakes kill 10 people and severely damage priceless art treasures in central Italy.

1973: Concorde slashes Atlantic flight time
Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.
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1979: Pope calls for peace in Ireland
Pope John Paul II calls on the people of Ireland to end all violence and return to "the ways of peace".

1960: Khrushchev anger erupts at UN
Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschchev thumps his desk and interrupts UN speeches to show disapproval.

1978: Catholics mourn Pope's death
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church dies after the shortest papal reign in history.

1988: Shuttle blasts US back into space
The United States successfully launches its first manned space mission since the Challenger disaster two and a half years ago.


1997: Scientists confirm brain diseases link
British scientists say they have established a link between a human brain disease - vCJD - and one found in cows - BSE.
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1957: Sputnik satellite blasts into space
A Russian satellite has been launched into space - the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

1992: El Al jumbo crashes in Amsterdam
An Israeli Boeing 747 cargo plane crashes in the outskirts of Amsterdam killing dozens of people.

1993: US forces killed in Somali gun battle
At least five US soldiers die and two Blackhawk helicopters are shot down in a firefight with Mogadishu warlords.

1976: New train speeds into service
British Rail begins its new 125mph Intercity 'High Speed Train' service today.


1965: Immigrants feel at home with BBC
The BBC announces it will begin broadcasting a new programme for immigrants from next week.
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1981: Egypt's President Sadat assassinated
President Sadat of Egypt dies after being shot by gunmen at a military parade.

1986: Nuclear technician missing after secrets leak
Fears grow for the missing nuclear technician who has disappeared in London.

1973: Arab states attack Israeli forces
Heavy fighting erupts between Arab and Israeli forces along two fronts as Egypt and Syria attempt to re-take land occupied since 1967.

1985: Policeman killed in Tottenham riots
A police officer is hacked to death by a mob during riots at the Broadwater Farm housing estate in North London.

2000: Milosevic quits, street celebrations continue
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic resigns under mounting pressure after allegations of vote-rigging.

1953: Britain sends troops to Guiana
Naval and military forces are on their way to British Guiana in response to what the UK Government says is a threat to the administration of the British colony.
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1976: China's 'Gang of Four' arrested
The new head of the Communist Party, Hua Goufeng, snuffs out a coup led by Chairman Mao's widow Jiang Qing and three others party members.

1974: Labour scrapes working majority
Harold Wilson's Labour government wins a second term in office - but only just.

1982: Mary Rose rises after 437 years
The Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII, rises to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent.

1967: Harold Wilson wins Moving apology
The Move pop group apologises in the High Court to the Prime Minister for a "violent and malicious personal attack".


1987: Search ends for Loch Ness monster
A huge sonar exploration of Loch Ness fails to find the world famous monster known affectionately as Nessie.
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1976: Bolivian plane crashes in Santa Cruz
Dozens die on the ground when a Boeing 707 crashes into a busy city street in the west of Bolivia.

1994: Loyalists announce a ceasefire
Three main loyalist paramilitary groups announce a ceasefire in Northern Ireland following the IRA announcement seven weeks ago.

1992: Thousands of miners to lose their jobs
The government announces plans to close one third of Britain's deep coal mines, putting 31,000 miners out of work.

1988: Government loses Spycatcher battle
The British Government fails to stop publication of the controversial book Spycatcher, written by a former secret service agent.


1971: Army blasts N Ireland border roads
British Army engineers are blowing up minor border roads in Northern Ireland to crack down on IRA gun-running.
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1969: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium
Americans take part in peace initiatives across the United States to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam.

1964: Khrushchev 'retires' as head of USSR
News of the sudden departure of flamboyant Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev comes as a surprise to the West.

1999: Police award Silcott damages
The Metropolitan Police announces a huge out-of-court settlement to Winston Silcott, wrongly accused over the murder of a policeman during riots in north London in 1985.

1976: UDR men jailed for Showband killings
Two men from the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) are jailed for 35 years in connection with the murders of members of the Miami Showband.


1987: Fiji one step closer to a republic
The Queen accepts the resignation of the Governor-General of Fiji at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Vancouver.
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1989: East Germany leader ousted
The Communist leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker, is forced to step down as leader of the country after a series of health problems.

1963: Aristocrat is new prime minister
A Scottish Earl, Lord Home, wins a bitter contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party to become Britain's new prime minister.

1967: Soviets glimpse beneath clouds of Venus
The Soviet Union sends a space probe beneath the cloud cover around Venus for the first time.

1976: Funeral of Mafia boss held in NY
The funeral of Carlo Gambino takes place in New York following his death on Friday.


2000: Hurley mocked at premiere
Liz Hurley has been greeted by protesters at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Bedazzled.
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1967: Thousands join anti-war movement
Thousands of demonstrators in Oakland, California, hold the biggest protest yet against the Vietnam War.

1983: Grenada's prime minister 'assassinated'
Eyewitnesses say the prime minister and seven of his colleagues have been killed during a hardline military coup.

2000: British activist freed from Burma
Human rights activist James Mawdsley is released from prison in Burma where he has been held since 1999.

1973: Dalai Lama makes first UK visit
The leader of Tibet's Buddhists arrives in Britain where he will stay for 10 days to "administer vows".


1988: New law could erode right to silence
The British Government announces plans to change the law so that remaining silent could incriminate rather than protect a suspect.
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 26 Oct 2016, 13:12

Sorry for missing days. Not been around, busy busy.  I can relax now!
Here is todays This day in History---

ps Did anyone miss me? rabbit

1994: Israel and Jordan make peace
At a ceremony in the desert witnessed by US President Clinton, Jordan and Israel sign a peace agreement ending 46 years of war.

1979: South Korean President killed
The President of South Korea, Park Chung Hee, is "accidentally" shot dead by the chief of his intelligence service, Kim Jea Kyu.

1956: Fighting spreads in Hungary revolution
The Hungarian Prime Minister, Imre Nagy, appeals for calm as demonstrators battle with Soviet troops.

2000: Ministers 'misled' public on BSE
The long awaited report into the spread of BSE or "mad cow disease" and its fatal human equivalent, vCJD, criticises officials, scientists and government ministers.


1951: Churchill wins general election
The Conservatives defeat Labour in the general election by a small majority making Winston Churchill prime minister for the second time.
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Whiskers wrote:Sorry for missing days. Not been around, busy busy.  I can relax now!
Here is todays This day in History---

ps Did anyone miss me?   rabbit

Yes, Whiskers  Smile , you were sorely missed.  Glad you are all sorted out now.  I love you

And I missed my daily history lesson!  (or memory boost in some cases)


1994: Israel and Jordan make peace
At a ceremony in the desert witnessed by US President Clinton, Jordan and Israel sign a peace agreement ending 46 years of war.
I remember it well.  I was in Libya at the time, working alongside a Jordanian girl who had not seen her family back home in the Gaza Strip, for 17 years.  There were celebrations all over, fireworks and happy Palestinians, like my Jordanian friend.  I remember feeling fearful for them, that their celebrations may well be short-lived, as there had been ceasefires before, which had never lasted for very long.  Nevertheless, for the first time in 17 years, Sabrine was able to go home for a holiday to see her family.  Took her 4 full days travelling there though, because Libya was in a controlled No-Fly-Zone at the time (because of the sanctions imposed over Lockerbie), so she had to go overland into Egypt, and from there to Damascus, as not allowed to travel through Israel.  
Same detour coming back, but it was so worth it.  Oh, the vagaries and miseries of War!  Had that situation occurred now, she wouldn't have been able to go through Syria either, for obvious reasons. I often wonder where and how she is now (it's hardly likely that she's still in Libya now).

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