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Harvesting the spaghetti 1957: BBC fools the nation

The BBC receives a mixed reaction to a spoof documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland.

Prisoners on Strangeways Prison roof 1990: Rioting inmates take over Strangeways
Up to 1,000 prisoners run amok at Strangeways Prison in Manchester in a violent protest against overcrowding.

2001: Ex-Yugoslav leader arrested after siege
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is arrested and taken to prison

Enigma machine 2000: Wartime coding machine stolen
The Enigma machine, used by the Germans to encrypt messages in the Second World War, is stolen from Bletchley Park.

Part of the human chain 1983: Human chain links nuclear sites
Tens of thousands of peace demonstrators have formed a human chain stretching 14 miles (22.5 kilometres) across a southern English county.

1999: Britain gets first minimum wage
A legally-binding minimum rate of pay has been introduced in Britain for the first time.
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