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Exclusion zone 2001: Foot-and-mouth scare at UK abbatoir

A five-mile exclusion zone is placed around an abbatoir in Essex after a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease is detected.

 Deng Xiaoping in 1988 1997: China's reformist Deng Xiaoping dies
China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has died at the age of 92 after suffering from failing health for several years.

Protesters carrying Lumumba banner walked up Oxford Street 1961: Lumumba rally clashes with UK police
Police battle with supporters of the murdered Congolese premier outside the Belgian embassy in London.

Boy affected by thalidomide 1968: Damages for thalidomide children
The High Court awards compensation to 62 children born with thalidomide-induced deformities.

Larnaca Airport, Cyprus 1978: Egyptian forces die in Cyprus gunfight
At least ten Egyptian commandos are killed in a gun battle with Greek Cypriot soldiers at Larnaca airport.

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