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Sri Lankan Deputy Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne 1991: Sri Lankan hardliner among 19 killed in blast

The Tamil Tigers are being blamed for the assassination of Sri Lanka's Deputy Defence Minister, Ranjan Wijeratne.

Ian Smith 1970: Ian Smith declares Rhodesia a republic
Prime Minister of Rhodesia Ian Smith declares his country a republic, cutting its last link with the British Crown.

Concorde on maiden flight 1969: Concorde flies for the first time
The supersonic airliner Concorde makes a "faultless" maiden flight.

General Pinochet 2000: Pinochet escapes torture trial charges
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges.

King Hussein during shooting practice with the Jordanian Army 1956: King of Jordan sacks British general
King Hussein of Jordan sacks the British commander of the Arab Legion in an effort to strengthen his own position within the Arab world.

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