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President Roosevelt signs declaration of war against Japan - 8 December 1941 1941: Germany and Italy declare war on US

Hitler and Mussolini announce they are at war with America which retaliates with its own declaration of war on "the forces of savagery and barbarism".

A Russian tank invades Chechnya 1994: Russian troops storm into Chechnya
Russian president Boris Yeltsin orders ground troops into Chechnya after a two-week bombing campaign fails to bring the break-away territory to heel.

Fire at Buncefield oil depot 2005: Massive fire at Buncefield oil depot
A huge fire continues to burn at a major fuel depot in Hertfordshire after a series of explosions early this morning.

Lord Christopher Soames 1979: Rhodesia reverts to British rule
Parliament passes a bill to end 14 years of illegal independence from Britain, transferring full authority to Lord Soames until elections are held.

Hostilities between Britain and Iceland increase in cod war 1975: Attack on British vessels heightens Cod War
An Icelandic gunboat opens fire on unarmed British fishery support vessels in the North Atlantic Sea.

2001: 30,000 postal jobs 'to be cut'
Up to 30,000 Post Office workers could lose their jobs over the next 18 months, Consignia, the company which runs the service, has announced.

1986: BBC Aids slogan angers church
Church leaders have condemned a radio campaign about Aids for "condoning promiscuity".
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