1983 Tomcat halts steeplejack

Chief chimney-toppler Fred Dibnah has been halted in his work after a ginger tomcat got to his latest assignment first. Troublesome feline George has climbed a height

1978 Spain set to vote for democracy

Spaniards have been turning out in force today to cast a vote for democracy and end almost 40 years of dictatorial rule. The majority of the 25

1950 Pyongyang taken as UN retreats

Chinese troops have entered the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, as United Nations forces are pushed steadily back towards South Korea. The North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) invaded

1954 US Senate condemns McCarthy

The United States Senate has censured Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy for conduct unbecoming to a senator. The vote was 67 to 22, with all the Democrats and

1955 Black woman challenges race law

A black woman has been arrested by police in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. Mrs

1982 Animal activists bomb Downing Street

Margaret Thatcher was in 10 Downing Street when the device exploded but was not hurt in the blast. One of her staff was slightly burnt

1975 Graham Hill killed in air crash

Graham Hill, 46, who retired from the sport in July 1975, was killed instantly along with the four other occupants in his Piper Aztec - all

1990 Tearful farewell from Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher formally tendered her resignation to the Queen early this morning after leaving Downing Street for the last time. John Major was elected her successor

1998 ‘Corrupt’ Turkish government falls

The government of Turkey has collapsed after losing a no-confidence motion over corruption allegations. The Turkish assembly voted by an absolute majority - 314 votes to 214

1989 New era for Czechoslovakia

Three weeks of border clashes between Iran and Iraq appear to have finally erupted into all-out war. Iraq has bombed several Iranian air and military supply

2002 Riots force Miss World out of Nigeria

The Miss World contest is moving to London from Nigeria after riots by Muslim youths opposed to the show left more than 100 people dead and 500

1963 Kennedy shot dead in Dallas

The President of the United States has been assassinated by a gunman in Dallas, Texas. John F Kennedy was hit in the head and throat when

1985 Superpowers aim for ‘safer world’

The Geneva summit has ended in optimism but with no agreement on the “Star Wars” space defence system. Both United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet

1978 Mass suicide leaves 900 dead

The bodies of 914 people, including 276 children, have been found in Guyana in South America. Most of the dead - members of the People’s Temple Christian

1989 Police crush Prague protest rally

Riot police in Czechoslovakia have arrested hundreds of people taking part in a protest march. More than 15,000 people, mostly students, took part in the demonstration, the

1976 Bank robbers jailed for 100 years

Seven men who took part in an £8m bank robbery have received jail terms totalling nearly 100 years. The raid at the Bank of America in

1977 Princess Anne gives birth to Master Phillips

Princess Anne has given birth to a boy - the first royal baby to be born a commoner for more than 500 years. Both baby and

2000 Fuel protesters rally for tax cut

Convoys of lorries and tractors have converged on the capitals of England and Scotland to mark the 60-day deadline for government action to cut fuel tax.

1975 Divided Angola gets independence

The southern African state of Angola has gained its independence from former colonial power Portugal. The leader of one of the country’s rival factions, Dr Agostinho Neto,

1982 Brezhnev rumours sweep Moscow

Speculation is growing that Leonid Brezhnev, who has ruled the Soviet Union for the past two decades, has died. Suspicions that a senior Communist party figure had

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