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John Prescott and Tony Blair are congratulated by supporters 1997: Labour routs Tories in historic election

The Labour Party wins the general election by a landslide, leaving the Conservative Party in tatters after 18 years in power.


The Belgrano sinks in the South Atlantic 1982: British sub sinks Argentine cruiser
The General Belgrano is destroyed in a controversial move by the Royal Navy off the disputed Falklands Islands - a thousand men are believed to be on board.

The De Havilland Comet 1 1952: Comet inaugurates the jet age
The world's first ever jet airliner - the De Havilland Comet 1 - sets off from London to Johannesburg on its maiden flight

Former Sotheby's chief Alfred Taubman 2001: Sotheby's and Christies chiefs charged
A federal jury in the USA indicts the former chairmen of the world's two largest auction houses, Sotheby's and Christies, on charges of overcharging its customers.

US Supreme Court building 1969: Crackdown on student protests in US
About 200 students calling for educational reforms at Columbia University give up their sit-in after a supreme court judge issues a warrant for their arrest.

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