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26 Jul 1952: Eva Peron dies

07 Sep 1952: Egyptian army ousts prime minister

05 Nov 1952: Landslide victory for Eisenhower

16 Mar 1953: Marshal Tito makes historic visit to London

08 Apr 1953: Seven years' hard labour for Kenyatta

24 Aug 1954: Brazilian president found dead

02 Dec 1954: US Senate condemns McCarthy

29 Feb 1956: Hopes for Mid East peace mission

18 Jun 1956: Truman rejects anti-Stalin talk

03 Jul 1956: Commonwealth heads honoured

03 Aug 1957: Rahman to lead independent Malaya

01 Jun 1958: De Gaulle returns to tackle Algeria

08 Jan 1959: De Gaulle becomes president

16 Feb 1959: Castro sworn in as Cuban PM

17 Feb 1959: Turkish leader involved in fatal crash

23 Feb 1959: Macmillan and Khrushchev talk peace

31 Aug 1959: Anglo-US TV debate makes history

17 May 1960: East-West summit in tatters after spy plane row

20 Jul 1960: Ceylon chooses world's first woman PM

26 Sep 1960: Kennedy and Nixon clash in TV debate

09 Nov 1960: Narrow victory for John F Kennedy

20 Jan 1961: John F Kennedy sworn in as US president

13 Feb 1961: Ex-Congo PM declared dead

27 May 1963: Kenyatta to be Kenya's first premier

22 Nov 1963: Kennedy shot dead in Dallas

12 Jun 1964: Nelson Mandela jailed for life

14 May 1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile

15 Oct 1964: Khrushchev 'retires' as head of USSR

25 Oct 1964: President Kaunda takes power in Zambia

28 Sep 1964: Kennedy murder was 'no conspiracy'

03 Nov 1964: Election triumph for Lyndon B Johnson

28 Jul 1965: US orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam

11 Nov 1965: Rhodesia breaks from UK

07 Feb 1966: Hawaii hosts US-Vietnamese summit

05 Jun 1968: Robert Kennedy injured in shooting

06 Nov 1968: Nixon wins close contest for president

28 Apr 1969: President Charles de Gaulle resigns

25 Jul 1969: Kennedy pleads guilty over car crash

16 Jan 1970: Gaddafi takes over as Libya's premier

02 Mar 1970: Ian Smith declares Rhodesia a republic

19 Mar 1970: Willi and Willy meet in East Germany

01 Oct 1970: Mourners killed as Nasser is buried

10 Oct 1970: Canadian minister seized by gunmen

22 Apr 1971: Haitian dictator dies

07 Nov 1972: Nixon takes second term by landslide

30 Apr 1973: Nixon takes rap for Watergate scandal

31 May 1973: US Senate stops Cambodia bombing

14 Oct 1973: Thai army shoots protesters

25 Nov 1973: Army deposes 'hated' Greek president

01 Dec 1973: Israel's founding father dies

20 Dec 1973: Spanish prime minister assassinated

19 May 1974: Giscard d'Estaing voted French president

29 Jun 1974: First female president for Argentina

23 Jul 1974: Greek military rule gives in to democracy

08 Aug 1974: President Nixon to resign from office

21 Apr 1975: Vietnam's President Thieu resigns

12 Jun 1975: Gandhi found guilty of corruption

29 Oct 1975: Franco's 36-year reign ends

22 Jul 1977: Deng Xiaoping back in power

03 Feb 1978: Sadat in US for Mid East talks

10 May 1978: Italy mourns murdered statesman

22 Aug 1978: Kenya's founding father dies

01 Feb 1979: Exiled Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran

13 Mar 1979: Grenada leader ousted by coup

04 Apr 1979: Deposed Pakistani PM is executed

26 Oct 1979: South Korean President killed

07 Jan 1980: Gandhi returned by landslide vote

04 Nov 1980: Reagan beats Carter in landslide

23 Feb 1981: Rebel army seizes control in Spain

30 Mar 1981: President Reagan is shot

26 May 1981: Italy in crisis as cabinet resigns

06 Oct 1981: Egypt's President Sadat assassinated

10 Nov 1982: Brezhnev rumours sweep Moscow

23 Mar 1983: Reagan launches Cold War into space

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

29 Feb 1984: Trudeau resigns as Canada's PM

31 Oct 1984: Indian prime minister shot dead

01 Nov 1984: Violence follows Gandhi killing

11 Mar 1985: Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader

21 Aug 1983: Filipino opposition leader shot dead

26 Apr 1984: Reagan arrives in China

22 Feb 1986: Filipino coup leaders tell Marcos to go

28 Feb 1986: Swedish prime minister assassinated

08 Apr 1986: Eastwood voted mayor by landslide

17 Aug 1987: Hitler's deputy found dead

15 Oct 1987: Fiji one step closer to a republic

02 Nov 1988: Dead heat in Israel elections

14 Feb 1989: Ayatollah sentences author to death

18 Oct 1989: East Germany leader ousted

24 Nov 1989: New era for Czechoslovakia

25 Dec 1989: Romania's 'first couple' executed

02 Feb 1990: De Klerk dismantles apartheid in South Africa

12 Jul 1990: Yeltsin resignation splits Soviet Communists

08 Nov 1990: Ireland elects first woman president

21 May 1991: Bomb kills India's former leader Rajiv Gandhi

25 Dec 1991: Gorbachev resigns as Soviet Union breaks up

07 Feb 1992: Maastricht treaties make EU official

04 Nov 1992: Clinton beats Bush to the White House

02 Oct 1993: Hardline Communists riot in Moscow

10 May 1994: Mandela becomes SA's first black president

14 Oct 1994: Israelis and Arafat share peace prize

04 Nov 1995: Israeli PM shot dead

10 Jan 1996: King of Jordan in historic Tel Aviv visit

19 Jul 1996: 'War criminal' Karadzic resigns

06 Nov 1996: 'Comeback Kid' wins second term

19 Feb 1997: China's reformist Deng Xiaoping dies

15 Apr 1998: Former Cambodian dictator dies

07 Jul 1998: Chief's death sparks turmoil in Nigeria

26 Jan 1998: Clinton denies affair with intern

17 Aug 1998: Clinton admits Lewinsky affair

21 Sep 1998: Clinton's Grand Jury testimony released

25 Nov 1998: 'Corrupt' Turkish government falls

27 Feb 1999: Nigerians vote to break with military

02 Mar 2000: Pinochet escapes torture trial charges

06 Jul 2000: Prime Minister's son arrested for drunkenness

05 Oct 2000: Protesters storm Yugoslav parliament

06 Oct 2000: Milosevic quits, street celebrations continue

16 Jan 2001: DR Congo President Kabila shot

07 Nov 2001: Billionaire mayor for New York

30 May 2001: French ex-minister jailed over sleaze

16 Aug 2003: 'War criminal' Idi Amin dies

11 Sep 2003: Anna Lindh dies of stab injuries

08 Oct 2003: The Terminator takes on California

31 Oct 2003: End of Mahathir era in Malaysia

18 Nov 2003: High security as Bush visits UK

14 Dec 2003: Saddam Hussein captured

03 Nov 2004: George W Bush wins second term

11 Nov 2004: Veteran leader Yasser Arafat is dead

27 Dec 2004: Yushchenko wins Ukraine election re-run

09 Jan 2005: Abbas triumphs in Palestinian elections
 
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