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05 May 1955: Dr Salk promotes polio vaccine in UK

07 May 1956: Minister rejects anti-smoking lobby

27 Jun 1957: Smoking 'causes lung cancer'

01 Oct 1957: British public gets 'Asian Flu' vaccine

29 Jan 1959: Fog brings transport chaos

04 Dec 1961: Birth control pill 'available to all'

26 Aug 1962: Abortion mother returns home

06 Dec 1962: Choking fog spreads across Britain

04 May 1966: Doctors and dentists get huge pay rise

26 Feb 1968: Hospital blaze kills 21 patients

19 Feb 1968: Damages for thalidomide children

03 May 1968: Surgeons conduct UK's first heart transplant

02 Oct 1968: Birth of sextuplets stuns Britain

06 Mar 1970: Rabies ban on British pet imports

13 Dec 1972: New offer for Thalidomide victims

30 Jul 1973: Final deal for thalidomide victims

02 Oct 1974: Cannabis 'causes brain damage'

07 Oct 1977: Invasion of Swedish identical twins

25 Jul 1978: First 'test tube baby' born

26 Jul 1983: Mother loses contraception test case

06 Dec 1983: Transplant makes British medical history

23 Apr 1984: Scientist finds Aids virus

23 Jul 1984: Sellafield 'not linked' to cancer cluster

07 Sep 1984: Epidemic 'spreads to second hospital'

13 Aug 1985: Heart-lung transplant makes history

11 Dec 1986: BBC Aids slogan angers church

03 Feb 1988: Nurses protest for better pay

03 Dec 1988: Egg industry fury over salmonella claim

25 Jul 1989: Diana opens Landmark Aids Centre

01 Aug 1989: Britain's oldest person turns 112

06 Jan 1992: US halts breast implants

26 Aug 1994: Man gets 'bionic' heart

13 Jun 1996: Guernsey votes to legalise abortion

06 Feb 1997: Widow allowed dead husband's baby

19 May 1997: Labour to stub out tobacco sponsorship

29 Sep 1997: Scientists confirm brain diseases link

30 Nov 1999: T-bone steaks on sale by Christmas

06 Jan 2000: Flu outbreak stretches NHS resources

10 Apr 2000: Damages for sacked HIV manager

27 May 2000: GM blunder leaves farmers in uproar

11 Jul 2000: Britain pioneers HIV vaccine

27 Jul 2000: Labour publishes plans to revolutionise NHS

22 Jan 2001: MMR triple vaccine declared safe

13 Feb 2001: Landmark Aids case begins in Scotland

19 Apr 2001: Drugs firms withdraw from Aids case

14 May 2001: Scientists warn of more CJD cases

15 May 2001: UK supermarkets slash price of drugs

13 Jul 2001: Family demand inquiry into police shooting

07 Aug 2001: NHS buys private hospital

21 Oct 2001: Anthrax claims third victim in US

22 Mar 2002: Woman granted 'right to die'

08 Jul 2003: Conjoined twins die in separation op
 
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