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David Jacobsen in video released by kidnappers 1986: US hostage freed in Beirut

David Jacobsen, an American held hostage in Beirut by Muslim fundamentalists, is released after 17 months in captivity.


Yitzhak Shamir (copyright: AP) 1988: Dead heat in Israel elections
The general election in Israel returns a hung parliament, prompting feverish negotiations between the right-wing Likud party and ultra-orthodox religious groups.

Magnus Malan 1995: Ex-minister charged with apartheid murders
The former South African defence minister, General Magnus Malan, is arrested and charged with murder.

Chris Woodhead 2000: Schools watchdog Woodhead resigns
The controversial chief inspector of schools in England, Chris Woodhead, steps down, to the delight of teachers' unions.

Pilot in cockpit 1951: 6,000 British troops flown into Egypt
The final phase of the largest troop airlift since the war brings reinforcements in to quell unrest in the Canal Zone.

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