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Flag of China 1976: Chinese earthquake kills hundreds of thousands

More than 200,000 people are feared dead after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits China.

Hooded IRA gunman 2005: IRA declares end to armed struggle
The IRA formally orders an end to its armed campaign and says it will pursue exclusively peaceful means.

Photograph of loyalist prisoners leaving the Maze 2000: Last prisoners leave the Maze
Nearly 80 men imprisoned for terrorist offences are freed from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

Photo of US troops preparing for an offensive in Vietnam 1965: US orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam
President Johnson commits a further 50,000 US troops to the conflict in Vietnam.

Ship in a dock 1972: National dock strike begins
Thousands of British dockers begin an official strike to safeguard jobs.

1988: Ashdown to lead Britain's third party
The MP for Yeovil, Paddy Ashdown, is elected the first leader of the new Social and Liberal Democrat Party.
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