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British paratroopers land in the outskirts of the city of Arnhem, in eastern Netherlands in September 1944 1944: Airborne invasion of Holland begins

British, American and Polish troops descend behind enemy lines in a massive operation designed to bring a swift end to the war.


1970: Civil war breaks out in Jordan
King Hussein's army and Palestinian guerrillas engage in fierce fighting in major towns all over Jordan.

Refugee holds up helmet 1982: Refugees massacred in Beirut camps
More than 1,000 people are feared to have been killed during a 24-hour rampage by Lebanese militia in West Beirut.

Derek Beackon (PA) 1993: Shock as racist wins council seat
The British National Party wins its first council seat in a by-election in East London, provoking fear in the local Asian community.

Speedboat crossing Windermere 1956: World water speed record smashed
A 48-year-old solicitor from Manchester breaks the one-hour world water speed record in his motorboat, Miss Windermere III.

2001: Workers return to Wall Street
New Yorkers return to work six days after the terror attacks which devastated the heart of their city.
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Top Story 1985: USSR expels 25 in tit-for-tat spy row
Top Story 1940: Victory for RAF in Battle of Britain
Top Story 1986: Kinross Miners 'killed where they stood'
Top Story 1961: UN Secretary General killed in air crash
Top Story 1985: Mexico suffers devastating earthquake
Top Story 1984: US embassy blast kills 20
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