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1981: Brixton ablaze after riot
The arrest of a black man leads to hundreds of youths rampaging through the streets of Brixton in south London.

1961: Nazi war crimes trial begins
The trial has begun in Israel of the man accused of helping Hitler in his plan to exterminate the Jews.

1996: Israel launches attack on Beirut
Israeli planes and helicopters have launched air strikes against targets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, for the first time in nearly 14 years.

1951: MacArthur fired - Ridgway takes over
US President Truman appoints General Ridgway as supreme commander of the UN forces in Korea after shocking the American public by dismissing General Macarthur.

1990: Customs seize 'supergun'
Customs officers in Middlesbrough say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

1957: Britain agrees to Singapore self-rule
The island of Singapore is granted self-government from Britain to come into effect next year.


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