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Iranian soldiers riding on a motorbike past bodies of Iraqis 1980: War breaks out between Iran and Iraq

Iraq bombs several Iranian air and military supply bases, including Tehran's international airport, at the start of what appears to be all-out war.

Bomb damage at Deal Barracks 1989: Ten dead in Kent barracks bomb
A devastating explosion at an army barracks in Kent kills 11 people - 10 of them young soldiers.

Children watching TV 1955: New TV channel ends BBC monopoly
Britain's first independent television station is on air, bringing advertisements to the airwaves for the first time.

Shoe amongst the bomb damage 1975: Bomb blasts rock Northern Ireland
A day of IRA bombings across Northern Ireland places the ceasefire it declared seven months ago in serious doubt.

John Simpson donning his burqa 2001: Simpson smuggled into Afghanistan
The BBC's world affairs editor becomes the only television reporter to broadcast from Taleban-held Afghanistan as the country prepares for a US attack.

1998: Thousands flee fighting in Kosovo
Serbian forces renew their assault against rebel fighters in Kosovo leading thousands of civilians to flee their homes.
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Top Story 1984: US embassy blast kills 20
Top Story 1998: Clinton's Grand Jury testimony released
Top Story 2000: Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold
Top Story 1975: First Britons conquer Everest
Top Story 1957: Troops end Little Rock school crisis
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