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People lie dead and injured at the scene 1960: Scores die in Sharpeville shoot-out

More than 50 Africans die and 169 are injured as police open fire in the South African township of Sharpeville.


Michael Heseltine 1991: Heseltine unveils new property tax
The government has revealed plans for a new property tax in place of the controversial poll tax.

Ernie Wise 1999: Comedy genius Ernie Wise dies
One of Britain's most loved and most successful comedians, Ernie Wise, dies aged 73.

Margaret Thatcher and John Gummer 1984: EEC summit collapses over rebate row
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher comes under attack for the breakdown of negotiations at the European Economic Community common market summit in Brussels.

New train 1963: Train drives itself
The first automatic train on the London underground could be hurtling into stations in three weeks, the government has revealed.

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