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Ken Saro-Wiwa 1995: Nigeria hangs human rights activists

The writer and human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, is executed in Nigeria despite worldwide pleas for clemency.


Louise Woodward in court 1997: British au pair freed after appeal
A British child-minder is freed from jail in the United States after her conviction for murdering a baby is reduced to manslaughter.

Michael Foot (copyright: AP) 1980: Michael Foot is new Labour leader
Outspoken left-wing MP Michael Foot defeats Denis Healey in a shock result to the Labour leadership contest.

Leonid Brezhnev 1982: Brezhnev rumours sweep Moscow
Speculation is growing that Leonid Brezhnev, who has ruled the Soviet Union for the past two decades, has died.

Penguin notice reads 'Sold out' 1960: Lady Chatterley's Lover sold out
Penguin's first run of the DH Lawrence's sexually explicit novel banned for more than 30 years sells out.

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