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Svetlana Alliluyeva - 1967 1967: Stalin's daughter defects to the West

Svetlana Stalin, daughter of the Soviet dictator, requests asylum at the United States Embassy in India.


Two boys hold referendum posters in 1998 1973: Northern Ireland votes for union
The people of Northern Ireland vote overwhelmingly to remain within the United Kingdom.

Archbishop Makarios 1956: Britain deports Cyprus Archbishop
The British authorities order the deportation of the Greek Cypriot leader, Archbishop Makarios, in the hope of restoring law and order to the island.

The Queen 1995: Queen marks peace in Belfast
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh pay a symbolic visit to Northern Ireland - their first since the IRA and Loyalist ceasefires came into effect last year.

Wreckage of cable car 1976: Scores die in cable car tragedy
A line supporting a cable car snaps killing 42 people, including children, in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy.

1981: M5 rapist jailed for life
A man who for three-and-a-half years terrorised women in the south west of England is sentenced to life behind bars.
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