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Lech Walesa 1982: Solidarity leader Walesa released

The Polish government frees the leader of the outlawed Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, after 11 months of internment.

1984: Quid notes out - pound coins in
The English pound note is to disappear after more than 150 years.

1954: New York's Ellis Island closes
New York's main immigration point, Ellis Island, shuts its doors after 62 years.

Saturn and moons (picture: Nasa) 1980: Saturn's rings caught on film
Space probe Voyager 1 sends vivid images of the rings of Saturn across nearly a billion miles of space.

Ronnie Biggs 1997: 'Great Train Robber' escapes extradition again
The 'Great Train Robber', Ronnie Biggs, celebrates after Brazil rejects a British request to extradite him.

2001: Greece holds plane-spotting 'spies'
The Greek authorities are to carry out further inquiries in the case of 12 British plane-spotters being held on spying charges.
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