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Police marksmen train guns on first floor flat 1975: Couple under siege in Balcombe Street

Three armed men on the run from police burst into a flat in central London and take at least two people hostage.

Demonstrators on the Babri mosque (copyright: AP) 1992: Mob rips apart mosque in Ayodhya
A 200,000-strong crowd of Hindu militants tears apart a mosque in the north Indian town of Ayodhya in a frenzy of inter-communal violence.

Late Spanish dictator General Franco 1978: Spain set to vote for democracy
The people of Spain are voting in a national referendum to endorse a new constitution which could end years of dictatorship.

The first heart and lung transplant in Britain is recovering at Harefield Hospital 1983: Transplant makes British medical history
Surgeons have successfully completed the first heart and lung transplant operation to be performed in Britain.

Car driving through fog 1962: Choking fog spreads across Britain
Emergency services are on standby at every London hospital as thick fog continues to affect public health.

2005: David Cameron is new Tory leader
David Cameron beats David Davis to the leadership of the Conservative Party.

1994: Royal approval for oil drilling at Windsor
The Queen gives the go ahead for oil drilling to take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
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