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Yasser Arafat 2004: Veteran leader Yasser Arafat is dead

Yasser Arafat dies in hospital in Paris, aged 75, bringing to an end more than 40 years of rule over the Palestinian people.


Burnt train in tunnel (copyright: AP) 2000: Skiers die in train tunnel inferno
At least 150 skiers, many of them children, die in an intense fire on board a funicular railway in the Austrian Alps.

Protests in London 1965: Rhodesia breaks from UK
The Rhodesian Government, led by Prime Minister Ian Smith, illegally severs its links with the British Crown.

Woman minister celebrates the news 1992: Church of England votes for women priests
The Church of England's parliament votes by a narrow margin to allow women to be ordained as priests.

Dr Agostinho Neto 1975: Divided Angola gets independence
The southern African state of Angola gains its independence from former colonial power Portugal.

1954: Pensioners demand more money
Thousands of elderly people take part in a rally in London calling for an increase in their pensions.

1987: Van Gogh fetches record price
A painting by Vincent Van Gogh is sold for $49m (27m) - a world record for a work of art.
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