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British Charge d'Affaires Geoffrey Hancock 1976: Westerners evacuated from Beirut

Hundreds of Americans and Britons are moved from Beirut and taken to safety in Syria by the US military, following the murder of the US ambassador.

Brent Spar rig 1995: Shell makes dramatic U-turn
Oil giant Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.

Chancellor John Major 1990: Major proposes new Euro currency
British Chancellor John Major proposes a new European currency which would circulate alongside existing national currencies.

Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph 1984: O-Levels to be replaced by GCSEs
The biggest exam shake-up for over 10 years is announced with O-Level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam.

Ben Bella pictured in 1964 1965: Students protest after Algiers coup
Police in Algiers break up demonstrations by people who have taken to the streets chanting slogans in support of deposed President Ben Bella

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