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James Dean 1955: James Dean killed in car smash

Hollywood actor James Dean is killed when his sports car is involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.

Mohammad and Jamal al-Durrah (copyright: PA) 2000: Shocking images of boy shot in Gaza
There is a shocked and angry reaction to images of the death of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy caught in Israeli-Palestinian crossfire.

Newspaper headlining the Oleg story 1971: Foreign Office names Soviet superspy
The British Government names Oleg Lyalin as the Soviet defector who last week exposed dozens of Russians alleged to be spying in the UK.

Paddy McGrory, the solicitor representing the families of the dead men 1988: 'SAS killed lawfully' - Gibraltar jury
The killing of three unarmed IRA suspects by British soldiers was lawful, a Gibraltar court finds.

Boris Yeltsin after winning the presidential election in 1990 (Reuters) 1994: Sleepy Boris 'snubs' Irish leader
A meeting between two international statesmen in Ireland is cancelled - because one of them overslept.

1951: Festival closes to applause
Big crowds have attended the final ceremonies which marked the offical end of the Festival of Britain.

1938: 'Peace for our time' - Chamberlain
The British Prime Minister is hailed as bringing "peace to Europe" after signing a pact with Germany.
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Top Story 1995: Palestinian self-rule in West Bank agreed
Top Story 1979: Pope calls for peace in Ireland
Top Story 1962: Mississippi race riots over first black student
Top Story 1993: Hardline Communists riot in Moscow
Top Story 1995: OJ Simpson verdict: 'Not guilty'
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