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Sir Edward Heath

Edward Heath 27 July
1965: Heath is new Tory leader

Shadow Chancellor Edward Heath beats off his rivals in the Conservative leadership contest.


Aerial view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 1 January
1973: Britain joins the EEC
The United Kingdom becomes a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.

Heth waving from back of Morning Cloud 11 August
1971: Admiral's Cup triumph for Heath
Prime Minister Edward Heath steers the British yachting team to Admiral's Cup victory.

Edward Heath 22 December
1974: Heath's home is bombed
Terrorists bomb the home of the Conservative leader and former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

A yacht being towed to safety 14 August
1979: Freak storm hits yacht race
Dozens of yachts are lost and at least three people killed after a freak storm blows during the Fastnet yacht race.

Sir Edward Heath
22 Jul 1965: Sir Alec steps down from top of Tory tree

16 Dec 1969: MPs vote to abolish hanging

19 Jun 1970: Shock election win for Heath

20 Jan 1972: UK unemployment tops one million

06 Nov 1972: Pay and price freeze aims to curb inflation

09 Dec 1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed

07 Feb 1974: Heath calls snap election over miners

06 Mar 1974: Miners' strike comes to an end

28 May 1974: Strikes topple NI power-sharing body

11 Oct 1974: Labour scrapes working majority

22 Oct 1974: Bomb blast in London club

11 Feb 1975: Tories choose first woman leader

10 Dec 1990: Iraq frees British hostages
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