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Warsaw Palace 1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact

The Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies sign a defence pact in the Polish capital, Warsaw, places all member countries under one military command.


1991: Mandela's wife jailed for kidnaps
Winnie Mandela, the wife of anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela, is given a six-year jail term for her part in the kidnap of four youths.

President Nasser, Nikita Khruschev, President Arif of Iraq and President Sallal of Yemen 1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile
The Egyptian and Russian leaders end phase one of the construction of the Aswan High Dam by blowing up a huge sand barrage to divert the course of the Nile.

British and French forces near the Suez canal 1957: Cheers as petrol rationing ended
Relief across the country as the paymaster general announces restrictions on fuel consumption imposed during the Suez crisis are to be lifted.

beef 2001: Scientists warn of more CJD cases
Variant CJD - the human form of BSE or "mad cow disease" - has been found in 99 people so far - but scientists warn a "second wave" in several years could be much larger.

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