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The Brinks Mat warehouse just after the robbery 1983: 25m gold heist at Heathrow

An armed gang carries out Britain's largest-ever robbery from the Brinks Mat warehouse, at London's Heathrow Airport.


Queen Elizabeth 1992: Queen to be taxed from next year
The Queen is to become the first British monarch since the 1930s to pay income tax.

Children crowded round a black and white television 1953: Lords vote for commercial television
Peers back the Government's proposals for commercial television - despite fierce opposition from some rebels who fear the influence of advertisers.

Sean MacStiofain 1972: Police foil IRA hospital rescue attempt
Eight armed men protesting against the imprisonment of IRA hunger striker Sean MacStiofain try to rescue him from a Dublin hospital.

Mark Bonham-Carter 1968: Race discrimination law tightened
The new Race Relations Act makes it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background.

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