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George Bush and wife Laura 2004: George W Bush wins second term

George W Bush is elected president of the United States for the second time, beating his Democratic rival by a comfortable margin.

Laika, the Russian space dog in her capsule 1957: Russians launch dog into space
The Soviet Union sends the first ever living creature into the cosmos aboard Sputnik II.

Queen Elizabeth formally launches production of BP's Forties oil field 1975: North Sea oil begins to flow
The Queen has formally begun the operation of the UK's first oil pipeline at a 500,000 ceremony in Scotland.

Lyndon B Johnson 1964: Election triumph for Lyndon B Johnson
Lyndon B Johnson, who took over after President Kennedy's assassination, wins the White House race.

Rainbow Warrior 1985: Agents plead guilty in Rainbow Warrior trial
Two French secret service agents change pleas to guilty over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

1997: Angry truckers blockade French ports
Thousands of lorries are at a standstill in France as striking drivers form roadblocks around the country.
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Top Story 1984: Indian prime minister shot dead
Top Story 1966: Viet Cong bombs Saigon
Top Story 1986: US hostage freed in Beirut
Top Story 1956: Soviet troops overrun Hungary
Top Story 1952: Landslide victory for Eisenhower
Top Story 1956: Allied forces take control of Suez
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