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Steve Biko supporter with poster of black consciousness leader 1977: South African police cleared of Biko death

A demonstration erupts outside a South African court as a magistrate rules no police are to blame for the death of the leader of the black consciousness movement.


President Eisenhower 1954: US pledges to defend Nationalist China
US President Eisenhower announces the signing of a pact of mutual security with the Nationalist Chinese Government.

Cyclone claims thousands of lives in Bangladesh 1988: Bangladesh cyclone 'worst for 20 years'
A search is under way for thousands of people feared dead after a devastating cyclone in Bangladesh.

Senator Joseph McCarthy 1954: US Senate condemns McCarthy
Senator Joseph McCarthy, famous for his crusade against Communism, is censured for conduct unbecoming to a senator.

Nick Leeson jailed in Singapore for demise of Barings Bank 1995: Rogue trader jailed for six years
Nick Leeson is sentenced for financial dealings which contributed to the fall of Britain's oldest merchant bank.

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