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General Jodl, centre, flanked by an aide on the left and Gen-Admiral Hans George von Friedeburg (R) 1945: Germany signs unconditional surrender

Germany signs an unconditional surrender ending six years of war in Europe.

A digger clears rubble 1976: More bodies found after Italy quake
Italy's worst earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 550 people and leaves 80,000 homeless.

Polling station 1965: Huge Rhodesia election win for Smith
White voters in the African colony of Rhodesia back Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front which is demanding independence from the UK.

Pope John Paul II in Damascus 2001: Thousands greet Pope in Syrian visit
Pope John Paul II prays for peace on a visit to the Syrian capital Damascus, where he is greeted by thousands of people.

Man smoking a cigarette 1956: Minister rejects anti-smoking lobby
The Health Minister, RH Turton, rejects calls for a government campaign against smoking, saying no ill-effects have been proven.

2001: Healthy cattle to die to save Exmoor
More than 1,000 cattle on two farms near Exmoor will be slaughtered - even though they show no sign of foot-and-mouth disease - in order to protect Exmoor from infection.
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