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Nelson Mandela 1994: Mandela becomes SA's first black president

Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa's first black president after more than three centuries of white rule.


Winston Churchill (c), Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood, (l), Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden (r) 1940: Churchill takes helm as Germans advance
German forces invade the Low Countries by air and land, while in London, Chamberlain is replaced by Churchill.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams 1998: Sinn Fein backs peace deal
The political wing of the republican IRA back the Good Friday peace agreement heralding a major shift in modern republicanism.

Aldo Moro 1978: Italy mourns murdered statesman
The murdered Italian politician Aldo Moro is buried after a private funeral service, 55 days after he was kidnapped by the Red Brigade.

Mick Jagger 1967: Two Rolling Stones on drugs charges
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared before magistrates charged with drug offences.

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Top Story 1945: Germany signs unconditional surrender
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Top Story 1956: Mystery of missing frogman deepens
Top Story 1985: Fans killed in Bradford stadium fire
Top Story 1994: Labour leader John Smith dies at 55
Top Story 1981: Thousands see Pope shot in Rome
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