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Signing of Council of Ireland Agreement 1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed

Tripartite talks on Northern Ireland end in an historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland.

Trafalgar Square in the smog (copyright: Getty Images) 1952: London fog clears after days of chaos
The sunshine returns following four days of thick fog that brought the capital to a standstill.

Astronaut carrying out repairs 1993: Astronauts put Hubble back in action
A record-breaking mission to repair the faulty Hubble telescope in outer space is declared an unqualified success.

Man faces life imprisonment after court finds him guilty of attempted murder after he attacked nursery children with a machete 1996: Guilty verdict on school machete attacker
A man who attacked three children and four women with a machete is found guilty of attempted murder.

US troops 1992: American marines land in Somalia
American forces land in Somalia to begin humanitarian operation in famine-stricken country.

1987: Gatting row halts play in Pakistan
The England cricket tour hangs in the balance as a row erupts between England captain Mike Gatting and the umpire Shakoor Rana.

1957: Post Office issues Christmas warning
The Post Master General kicks off a campaign urging the public to send their Christmas cards in good time.
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