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Mrs Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang holding formal handover documents 1984: Britain signs over Hong Kong to China

The British colony of Hong Kong is to be returned to China in 1997 after an historic agreement is signed.


Colonel Gaddafi (copyright: AP) 2003: Libya gives up chemical weapons
Libya makes a surprise announcement that it will destroy its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.

Idi Amin 1972: Amin ultimatum to Uganda Britons
Ugandan leader General Idi Amin gives British workers an ultimatum to accept reduced pay or be expelled.

Sign saying fog service in operation 1956: Thick fog causes death on roads
At least six people die and several others are injured in road accidents in thick fog.

William Hague and Ffion Jenkins 1997: Tory leader weds
Conservative party leader William Hague marries his fiancée Ffion Jenkins at ceremony in Westminster.

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