1992 Punch ends 150 years of satire

The decision ends a publishing tradition dating back almost 151 years. It is expected to publish its final issue on 8 April after circulation plummeted

1983: Reagan launches Cold War into space

President Reagan has unveiled plans to combat nuclear war in space. The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) proposes a defensive shield, using laser or particle beam technology

1979 British ambassador assassinated in Holland

Two gunmen opened fire on Sir Richard and his Dutch footman as they left his residence at The Hague to make the short five minute car journey

1963 Train drives itself

The first automatic train on the London underground could be hurtling into stations in three weeks, the government has revealed. The trains, which operate without a

1966 Football’s World Cup stolen

The football World Cup has been stolen while on exhibition at Central Hall in Westminster, London. The £30,000 solid gold Jules Rimet trophy disappeared while

1968 Anti-Vietnam demo turns violent

More than 200 people have been arrested after thousands of demonstrators clashed in an anti-Vietnam war protest outside the United States embassy in London. The St

1978 Aldo Moro snatched at gunpoint

Mr Moro’s escort of five police bodyguards were killed when he was snatched at gunpoint from a car near a cafe in the morning rush-hour. Chief

1962 Liberals seize Orpington

The Liberals have seized Orpington from the government in their first by-election victory for four years. Eric Lubbock won the seat with a majority of 7,855,

1964 Jack Ruby sentenced to death

Jack Ruby has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F Kennedy.

1996 Massacre in Dunblane school gym

A lone gunman has gone on a shooting spree at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and their teacher. The killer sprayed shots

1990 Observer ‘spy’ sentenced to die

A court in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has imposed the death sentence on The Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft. He has been convicted of spying for Israel while

1967 Stalin’s daughter defects to the West

The daughter of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has requested political asylum at the United States Embassy in India. The American Mutual Radio network broke the

1950 Gas turbine ca gets road test

Car manufacturers Rover have unveiled the first car powered with a gas turbine engine. JET1, a two-seater model powered by the same kind of engine used

1969 Israel elects first female leader

Golda Meir, the “grand old woman of Israeli politics”, is to become the first female prime minister of Israel. The 70-year-old’s candidature was officially accepted by

1987 Hundreds trapped as car ferry capsizes

Forty-nine people have been confirmed dead - and dozens are missing - after a car ferry capsized just outside the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Rescuers say

1966 BBC tunes in to colour

The BBC has announced plans to begin broadcasting television programmes in colour from next year. Britain will be the first country in Europe to offer regular programming

1969 Concorde flies for the first time

The supersonic airliner, Concorde, has made a “faultless” maiden flight. The Anglo-French plane took off from Toulouse and was in the air for just 27 minutes

1966 Britain to go decimal in 1971

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, James Callaghan, has confirmed the “historic and momentous” decision to change over to decimal coinage. It was just one of a

1986 Swedish prime minister assassinated

The Swedish prime minister has died after being shot in a street ambush in central Stockholm. His wife was wounded. Olof and Lisbeth Palme were attacked

1981 Prince Charles and Lady Di to marry

The Prince of Wales and the Lady Diana Spencer have ended months of speculation with the announcement they are to be married. At 1100GMT Buckingham Palace made

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