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Ruined monastery on hill top 1944: Monte Cassino falls to the Allies

The Polish flag is flying over the ruins of the ancient Italian monastery, which has been a symbol of German resistance since the beginning of the year


Helen Sharman in a space suit 1991: Sharman becomes first Briton in space
Britain's first astronaut, 27-year-old Helen Sharman from Sheffield, has blasted into orbit.

British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin 1950: US and Europe agree Nato aims
Twelve nations agree on a permanent defence organisation for the US and Europe.

Crowd running on beach at Brighton  1964: Mods and Rockers jailed after seaside riots
Scores of youths are given prison sentences following violent clashes between gangs of Mods and Rockers.

The Duke of Windsor announces his abdication to the nation - 1936 1972: Duke too ill for tea with the Queen
Doctors say the Duke of Windsor must remain in his bedroom throughout the Queen's visit to his home in Paris.

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Top Story 1957: Britain drops its first H-bomb
Top Story 1943: Germans crush Jewish uprising
Top Story 1943: RAF raid smashes German dams
Top Story 1980: Nine dead after Mount St Helens eruption
Top Story 1983: Car bomb in South Africa kills 16
Top Story 1991: Bomb kills India's former leader Rajiv Gandhi
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