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Mikhail Gorbachev 1984: Gorbachev visit to Britain a 'success'

Mikhail Gorbachev, the man widely tipped as the next leader of the Soviet Union, holds five hours of talks with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Lord Soper pokes finger at clergyman 1969: MPs vote to abolish hanging
MPs vote by a big majority for the permanent abolition of the death penalty for murder.

The Queen  - 1955 1955: Queen opens London Airport terminal
Her Majesty inaugurates "The Queen's Building", part of the new central terminal area built to accommodate increasing numbers of air passengers.

Thousands of countryside campaigners have taken to the streets of Edinburgh 2001: Thousands rally for Scots countryside
Thousands of countryside campaigners are on the streets of Edinburgh in the largest demonstration of its kind ever witnessed in Scotland.

Tube train 1977: Queen opens 'tube' link to Heathrow
The Queen unveils the new underground link from central London to Heathrow - the first from a capital city to its major airport.

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