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Riga Freedom Memorial, a powerful symbol of anti-soviet feeling. Picture courtesy of Stuart Whatling, 1998 1988: Latvia cries freedom from Moscow

Thousands of Latvians start a mass movement to press Moscow for greater independence from the Soviet Union.


Ernesto 'Che' Guevara 1967: Che Guevara 'shot dead'
Marxist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is reportedly killed during a battle between army troops and guerillas in the Bolivian jungle.

Police at the scene of the bombing 1975: Man killed in Piccadilly bomb blast
One man dies and at least 20 people are injured in the latest bomb attack on London.

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan 1959: 'Supermac' leads Tories to victory
The Conservatives, under Harold Macmillan, win a third consecutive general election.

sumo wrestlers in action 1991: Sumos size up Royal Albert Hall
The first Sumo wrestling tournament ever held off Japanese soil in the sport's 1500 year history begins.

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