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After the blast 1996: Docklands bomb ends IRA ceasefire

The IRA admit planting the bomb that exploded in the Docklands area of London last night.

Photo of Police canvas in garden of house in Cricklewood, north west London 1983: British police on trail of mass murderer
Police launch a mass murder investigation in London after discovering human remains in drains.

Gary Powers pictured in front of a U-2 spy plane 1962: Russia frees US spy plane pilot
American spy plane pilot Captain Francis "Gary" Powers is freed from prison in the Soviet Union in exchange for a Russian spy jailed in the US.

Voters queuing 1952: India passes first test of democracy
Independent India's first general elections pass off peacefully, and return Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to power.

Ships leave harbour en route to Pacific 1955: US evacuates Pacific islands
The American Navy has moved thousands of people from the Chinese Nationalist Tachen Islands.

2005: Charles and Camilla to be married
The Prince of Wales and long-term partner Camilla Parker Bowles are engaged, Clarence House announces.
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