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John McCarthy 1986: British journalist McCarthy kidnapped

John McCarthy is abducted on his way to the airport - three bodies, believed to be of British hostages, are also found.

WPC Yvonne Fletcher 1984: Libyan embassy shots kill policewoman
A police officer has been killed after shots were fired from the Libyan People's Bureau in central London.

Castro at the Bay of Pigs - picture (c) Canadian Press Photo 1961: Exiles invade Cuba at Bay of Pigs
Reports from Cuba say an invasion force has landed on the island to try to overthrow the country's leader, Fidel Castro.

Police officers in Brixton 1999: Dozens hurt in London bomb blast
An explosion in south London has injured at least 45 people.

1951: Fears for crew of lost British submarine
A massive air and sea search for the HM Submarine Affray is under away after it went missing earlier today.

1969: Devlin is youngest-ever woman MP
A 21-year-old woman, Bernadette Devlin, is voted in as Britain's youngest ever female MP and the country's third youngest ever.
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