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1961: Soviets win space race
The Soviet Union beats the USA in the race to get the first man into space and Yuri Gagarin becomes a national hero.

1975: US pulls out of Cambodia
The US has admitted defeat in Cambodia and removed its remaining embassy personnel from the capital, Phnom Penh.

1997: Bosnian bomb plot fails to stop Pope
Police in Sarajevo discover mines under a bridge just hours before the arrival of the Pope.

1984: Scargill vetoes national ballot on strike
Arthur Scargill, leader of the miners' union the NUM, will not allow a national ballot to take place on whether to stop the strike.

2000: Queen honours NI police
The Queen presents the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) with the George Cross, the highest civilian award for bravery.


Around this Day

9 April
Top Story: 2003: Saddam statue topples with regime

10 April
Top Story: 1998: Northern Ireland peace deal reached

11 April
Top Story: 1981: Brixton ablaze after riot

13 April
Top Story: 1975: Beirut street battle leaves 17 dead

14 April
Top Story: 1970: Critical explosion cripples Apollo 13

15 April
Top Story: 1945: British troops liberate Bergen-Belsen


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