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Yuri Gagarin on his way to the launch pad 1961: Soviets win space race

The Soviet Union beats the USA in the race to get the first man into space and Yuri Gagarin becomes a national hero.

American and Cambodian evacuees 1975: US pulls out of Cambodia
The US has admitted defeat in Cambodia and removed its remaining embassy personnel from the capital, Phnom Penh.

Pope John Paul II - 1997 1997: Bosnian bomb plot fails to stop Pope
Police in Sarajevo discover mines under a bridge just hours before the arrival of the Pope.

Arthur Scargill holds a news conference 1984: Scargill vetoes national ballot on strike
Arthur Scargill, leader of the miners' union the NUM, will not allow a national ballot to take place on whether to stop the strike.

Constable Paul Slaine received the award on behalf of the RUC 2000: Queen honours NI police
The Queen presents the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) with the George Cross, the highest civilian award for bravery.

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