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President Anwar Sadat 1977: Egypt severs ties with Arab hardliners

President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt breaks all relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria and South Yemen.

North Koreans with luggage on heads and burning building in background 1950: Pyongyang taken as UN retreats
Chinese forces fighting for their Korean comrades enter the North Korean capital and push United Nations troops back south.

Refugees flee Jaffna 1995: Jaffna falls to Sri Lankan army
Sri Lankan troops drive the Tamil Tiger guerrillas out of their heartland capital of Jaffna after a 49-day operation.

Mrs Thatcher: Business as usual 1989: Thatcher beats off leadership rival
The Prime Minister defeats Sir Anthony Meyer in the first challenge to her leadership of the Conservative Party.

Accountants are investigating Mr Maxwell's business affairs 1991: Maxwell business empire faces bankruptcy
Administrators are called in to try to salvage the Maxwell business empire, which is at least 1bn in debt.

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Top Story 1977: South African police cleared of Biko death
Top Story 1984: Hundreds die in Bhopal chemical accident
Top Story 1971: Bomb demolishes crowded Belfast pub
Top Story 1975: Couple under siege in Balcombe Street
Top Story 1941: Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor
Top Story 1980: John Lennon shot dead
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