This Day in History | 1957 Rahman to lead independent Malaya

Tunku Abdul Rahman has been elected for a five-year term as head of state of Malaya. He was chosen by his fellow Malay rulers in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday and

This Day in History | 1986 Soviets launch space station Mir

The Soviets have opened a new phase in space exploration with the launch of the world’s biggest space station, Mir. The successful launch of Mir comes just over three weeks after

This Day in History | 1981 Charles and Diana Marry

Crowds of 600,000 people filled the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day. The couple were married at St Paul’s

This Day in History | 1976 Chinese earthquake kills hundreds of thousands

Hundreds of thousands of people are feared dead following an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in China. The quake has virtually destroyed the city of Tangshan, north-east of Beijing, and Western sources believe

This Day in History | 1974 Nixon ‘must hand over Watergate tapes’

Giving the judgement to a packed and hushed courtroom, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger said the court rejected Mr Nixon’s claims of executive privilege. Instead, he said they “must yield to

This Day in History | 1974 Greek military rule gives in to democracy

The military government in Greece has collapsed and the former prime minister Constantine Karamanlis has been invited to return. Huge crowds gathered to greet him at Athens airport and there has

This Day in History | 1977 Deng Xiaoping back in power

The disgraced deputy Prime Minister of China, Deng Xiaoping, is to return to Chinese Government. The Chinese Communist Party conference has restored him to the offices of Vice Premier of the

This Day in History | 1944 Hitler survives assassination attempt

Adolf Hitler has escaped death after a bomb exploded at 1242 local time at his headquarters in Rastenberg, East Prussia. The German News Agency broke the news from Hitler’s headquarters, known

This Day in History | 1976 African countries boycott Olympics

The opening ceremony of the 21st Olympic Games in Montreal has been marred by the withdrawal of 25 African countries. They are all protesting at New Zealand’s sporting links with South

This Day in History | 1969 Apollo 11 takes off for the Moon

The Apollo 11 space rocket has taken off successfully from Cape Kennedy, Florida, at the start of the first attempt to land a man on the Moon. An estimated one million

This Day in History | 2000 Police camera action violates human rights

Two men caught on camera for dangerous driving have escaped prosecution in a landmark case Judge Peter Crawford ruled that the police letter sent to motorists caught on speed cameras required

This Day in History | 1989 Paris in 200-year-old revolutionary fervour

About 500 people have been involved in scuffles in the Place de la Bastille in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of revellers took to the streets of the French capital last night

This Day in History | 2000 UK tidal wave of web users

One in four British homes is now using the internet according to figures released by the government. A new survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that

This Day in History | 2000 New Harry Potter most magical yet

The latest story about boy wizard Harry Potter has broken all publishing records. The fourth instalment of JK Rowling’s series has been released simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic with

This Day in History | 2001 Two stabbed in Bradford race riots

Two people have been stabbed and many more injured in running battles between white and Asian gangs in Bradford. Violence broke out in the city centre at 1630 BST after crowds

This Day in History | 1997 Mars buggy starts exploring Red Planet

Nasa scientists have freed a robot from the space probe Mars Pathfinder, allowing it to begin its exploration of the Red Planet at last. The rover, known as Sojourner, has been

This Day in History | 1971 Doors’ singer Jim Morrison found dead

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors has died in Paris aged 27. He was found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by

This Day in History | 1964 President Johnson signs Civil Rights Bill

The Civil Rights Bill - one of the most important piece of legislation in American history - has become law. US President Lyndon B Johnson signed the bill creating equal rights

This Day in History | 1997 Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control

Hong Kong has been handed back to the Chinese authorities - ending more than 150 years of British control. The British flag was lowered over Government House - home to the

This Day in History | 1992 Thatcher takes her place in Lords

She is expected to take part in her first debate in two days time, speaking out against the government on the Maastricht Treaty. Although the quieter, more reflective House of Lords

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