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US aircraft in flames as Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor 1941: Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor

Japan launches a surprise attack on American bases in the Pacific and declares it is at war with Britain and the United States.


Clement Attlee 1955: Attlee steps down as Labour leader
Mr Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party and is made an Earl hours later by the Queen.

Taleban soldiers pictured prior to surrender 2001: Taleban surrender Kandahar
The Taleban regime gives up its last Afghan stronghold of Kandahar after weeks of bombardment by US warplanes.

Brass band 1979: Lord Soames to govern Rhodesia
Lord Soames is named transitional governor of Rhodesia to oversee its progress into legal independence.

A cat is refusing to come down from a chimney holding up steeplekjack Fred Dibnah's work 1983: Tomcat halts steeplejack
A cat has climbed to a height of 160ft up an industrial chimney holding up the work of chief chimney-toppler Fred Dibnah.

1993: Activists lose battle over chestnut tree
Protesters lose a 20-year fight to save a 250-year-old chestnut tree in east London, making way for a motorway extension.
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