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Crises
05 Dec 1950: Pyongyang taken as UN retreats

07 Sep 1952: Egyptian army ousts prime minister

24 Aug 1954: Brazilian president found dead

02 Mar 1956: King of Jordan sacks British general

26 Jul 1956: Egypt seizes Suez Canal

06 Nov 1956: Allied forces take control of Suez

23 Dec 1956: Jubilation as allied troops leave Suez

14 Jul 1958: Coup in Iraq sparks jitters in Middle East

01 Jun 1958: De Gaulle returns to tackle Algeria

27 Nov 1961: RAF flies aid to flood-stricken Somalia

28 Oct 1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends

30 Jun 1969: Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra

17 Sep 1970: Civil war breaks out in Jordan

25 Jan 1971: Idi Amin ousts Uganda president

01 Mar 1973: Palestinian gunmen hold diplomats in Sudan

06 Oct 1973: Arab states attack Israeli forces

21 Jul 1974: Cyprus conflict spills into London

23 Jul 1974: Greek military rule gives in to democracy

16 Jan 1979: Shah of Iran flees into exile

28 Mar 1979: Nuclear leak causes alarm in America

17 Jul 1979: Sandinista rebels take Nicaraguan capital

04 Nov 1979: Militants storm US embassy in Tehran

21 Nov 1979: Mob destroys US embassy in Pakistan

25 Apr 1980: Tehran hostage rescue mission fails

21 Jan 1981: Tehran frees US hostages after 444 days

26 May 1981: Italy in crisis as cabinet resigns

20 Oct 1983: Grenada's prime minister 'assassinated'

25 Oct 1983: US troops invade Grenada

27 Apr 1984: Libyan embassy siege ends

08 Mar 1985: Beirut car bomb kills dozens

07 Oct 1985: Gunmen hijack Italian cruise liner

24 Nov 1985: Commandoes storm hijacked plane

05 Apr 1986: Berlin disco bombed

15 Oct 1987: Fiji one step closer to a republic

03 Jul 1988: US warship shoots down Iranian airliner

16 Sep 1992: UK crashes out of ERM

06 Mar 1993: Angolans die in battle for Huambo

23 Feb 1981: Rebel army seizes control in Spain

12 Jul 1990: Yeltsin resignation splits Soviet Communists

12 Jan 1991: US Congress votes for war in Iraq

13 Jan 1997: Shots heard at besieged embassy in Peru

22 Apr 1997: Troops storm embassy in Peru

04 Feb 1998: 4,000 feared dead in Afghan earthquake

25 Nov 1998: 'Corrupt' Turkish government falls

09 May 1999: Chinese anger at embassy bombing

12 Oct 2000: Suicide bombers attack USS Cole

16 Jan 2001: DR Congo President Kabila shot

01 Jun 2001: Nepal royal family massacred

23 Nov 2002: Riots force Miss World out of Nigeria

14 Aug 2003: Lights go out across NE America

20 Nov 2003: British targets bombed in Istanbul

04 Dec 2003: US pulls back from steel trade war

27 Dec 2004: Yushchenko wins Ukraine election re-run

29 May 2005: French say 'non' to EU constitution
 
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