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Adolf Hitler salutes his troops as they march towards Poland 1939: Germany invades Poland

German forces attack Poland across all frontiers and its planes bomb Polish cities, including the capital, Warsaw - Britain and France prepare to declare war.


Korean Airlines Boeing 747 1983: Korean airliner 'shot down'
The United States accuses the USSR of shooting down a civilian airliner which is missing off Russia's eastern coast.

Henri Paul caught on the Ritz Hotel CCTV 1997: Diana driver was 'drunk and speeding'
The driver of the car in which Princess Diana was fatally injured had been drinking, French investigators reveal.

Standpipe 1976: Water crisis deepens
The first of 11,500 standpipes are connected in Yorkshire as local reservoirs reach their lowest levels in years.

Janice and Rachel Kelly 2003: Widow tells Hutton Kelly felt 'betrayed'
The widow of Dr David Kelly tells the Hutton inquiry he ended his life feeling let down by his political masters.

1969: Bloodless coup in Libya
King Idris of Libya is deposed after a group of officers take power and declare the country a republic.

1960: Game on for British betting shops
Britain's first betting shops will be allowed to open for business from May 1961, the government announces.
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Top Story 1965: Gemini V returns to Earth
Top Story 1976: Notting Hill Carnival ends in riot
Top Story 1997: Princess Diana dies in Paris crash
Top Story 1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender
Top Story 2004: Russian school siege ends in violence
Top Story 1997: Suicide bombings put peace visit in doubt
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