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Aerial view of Chernobyl 1986: Soviets admit nuclear accident

The Soviet Union acknowledges there has been an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine.

Martin Bryant (copyright: AP) 1996: Gunman runs amok in Tasmania
At least 32 die when a man opens fire indiscriminately on a crowded tourist area of Tasmania, Australia.

Benito Mussolini 1945: Italian partisans kill Mussolini
Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy until his downfall in 1943, has been killed by partisans along with his mistress, Clara Petacci, and some close associates.

Gen. Charles de Gaulle 1969: President Charles de Gaulle resigns
The French president, Charles de Gaulle, resigns from office after 11 years, following his defeat in a referendum on governmental reforms.

Aldrich Ames 1994: CIA double agent jailed for life
Former CIA agent Aldrich Ames admits selling secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, in one of the most damaging spy cases in US history.

2001: First space tourist blasts off
A billionaire businessman from California becomes the first paying passenger to go to outer space.
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