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American GI greeting Russian soldier with handshake and arms round shoulders 1945: Russians and Americans link at Elbe

Russian and American troops join hands at the River Elbe in Germany, bringing the end of the war a step closer.

WPC Yvonne Fletcher 1984: Libyan embassy siege ends
The siege of the Libyan Embassy in London ends 11 days after the shooting of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the St James's Square building.

The Duke of Kent opening the Sierra Leone parliament 1961: Sierra Leone wins independence
Sierra Leone becomes the latest West African state to win independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.

Betty Boothroyd 1992: Betty Boothroyd is new Speaker
The House of Commons elects a woman to the post of Speaker for the first time in its 700-year history.

Defaced road sign in Wales 1971: Protest disrupts Welsh language trial
Police in Wales remove demonstrators from the entrance of a courtroom after they disrupted proceedings inside.

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