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General MacArthur signing document at table with soldiers watching 1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender

Japanese officials sign the act of unconditional surrender, finally bringing to an end six years of world war.

1979: Ripper suspected of 12th murder
Police discover the body of a young woman - thought to be the 12th victim of the "Yorkshire Ripper" - in an alleyway near the centre of Bradford.

Bikers and police at the scene 1984: Seven killed in Sydney biker shootings
A 14-year-old girl and six bikers are killed in a gun battle between rival gangs in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

TV presenter and entertainer Roy Castle 1994: Roy Castle loses battle with cancer
Entertainer and television presenter Roy Castle dies from cancer at his Buckinghamshire home, just two days after his 62nd birthday.

Model on the catwalk in London restaurant 1951: Designers prepare to dazzle Venice
British designers hold a fashion show of 40 outfits they plan to show at the Venice Biennale arts festival.

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Top Story 1976: Notting Hill Carnival ends in riot
Top Story 1997: Princess Diana dies in Paris crash
Top Story 1939: Germany invades Poland
Top Story 2004: Russian school siege ends in violence
Top Story 1997: Suicide bombings put peace visit in doubt
Top Story 1975: London Hilton bombed
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