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British rowers (left to right) James Cracknell, Matthew Pinsent, Steve Redgrave and Tim Foster hold the gold medals  2000: Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold

British rower Steve Redgrave makes Olympic history at the Sydney Games by winning his fifth consecutive gold medal.


Crowds waiting by palace railings 1951: King has lung operation
Crowds gather outside Buckingham Palace for news of King George VI following an operation to remove part of his lung.

HMS Glasgow 1976: British warship blaze kills eight
A fire on one of the Royal Navy's latest guided missile destroyers kills eight men.

Ken Maginnis appearing on BBC's Newsnight, August 1997 1997: Peace talks wobble after Unionist outburst
An MP in the Ulster Unionist Party launches a fierce attack on the British Government and Sinn Fein.

Charlie Chaplin 1952 1952: Charlie Chaplin comes home
The star of the silent movies, Charlie Chaplin, returns to his native England after 21 years in the US.

1987: Ban lifted on MI5 man's memoirs
An Australian court lifts the ban on the publication of Peter Wright's autobiography, Spycatcher.
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Top Story 1980: War breaks out between Iran and Iraq
Top Story 1975: First Britons conquer Everest
Top Story 1957: Troops end Little Rock school crisis
Top Story 1944: Airborne troops retreat from Arnhem
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