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Marines take cover amid wrecked homes and rubble of Okinawa's capital city, Naha 1945: US troops take Okinawa

The Japanese island of Okinawa falls to the Americans after a long and bloody battle.


Army patrol Belfast street 1978: Four dead in post office shootings
An outbreak of shooting between Provisional IRA members and the British Army leaves one civilian and three IRA men dead.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William 1982: Princess Diana gives birth to boy
Diana, Princess of Wales, gives birth to a boy sixteen hours after checking in to St Mary's Hospital, in London.

British Gas Chairman Robert Evans 1991: Anger over chairman's 66% pay rise
British Gas chairman Robert Evans is under fire for accepting a pay increase taking his annual wage to 370,000.

Eggs on production line 1968: Egg board 'should be scrapped'
The Egg Marketing Board should be scrapped and an independent authority established in its place, according to a report published today.

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Top Story 1976: Westerners evacuated from Beirut
Top Story 1941: Hitler invades the Soviet Union
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Top Story 1974: Labour rift over nuclear test
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