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08 Jan Dozens die as plane crashes on motorway

23 Jan Many killed in Tajik earthquake

12 Feb Belfast lawyer Finucane murdered

14 Feb Ayatollah sentences author to death

15 Feb Soviet troops pull out of Afghanistan

20 Feb IRA bombs Tern Hill barracks

04 Mar Six die in Purley rail crash

20 Mar Senior RUC men die in gun attack

24 Mar Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster

27 Mar Millions of Russians go to the polls

06 Apr Dockers' 'jobs for life' scrapped

15 Apr Football fans crushed at Hillsborough

24 May Yorkshire Ripper's wife wins damages

04 Jun Massacre in Tiananmen Square

05 Jun Election boost for Solidarity

16 Jun Hungary reburies fallen hero Imre Nagy

05 Jul Irangate colonel avoids prison

14 Jul Paris in 200-year-old revolutionary fervour

25 Jul Diana opens Landmark Aids Centre

01 Aug Britain's oldest person turns 112

18 Aug Man U sold in record takeover deal

20 Aug Marchioness river crash 'kills 30'

25 Aug Voyager spacecraft reaches Neptune

22 Sep Ten dead in Kent barracks bomb

02 Oct Anglican anger over united church

17 Oct Earthquake hits San Francisco

18 Oct East Germany leader ousted

19 Oct Guildford Four released after 15 years

07 Nov Protests force out East German rulers

09 Nov Berliners celebrate the fall of the Wall

17 Nov Police crush Prague protest rally

18 Nov Protesters demand reform in Bulgaria

24 Nov New era for Czechoslovakia

03 Dec Malta summit ends Cold War

05 Dec Thatcher beats off leadership rival

18 Dec Labour's union U-turn

20 Dec US forces oust General Noriega

22 Dec Brandenburg Gate re-opens

25 Dec Romania's 'first couple' executed
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