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1962: First US rocket lands on Moon
The American Moon rocket Ranger IV lands on the far side of the Moon but fails to send back pictures due a technical fault.

2005: Syrian troops leave Lebanon
Syria says it has pulled all its troops out of Lebanon after 29 years as a military band sees off the last soldiers.

1984: Reagan arrives in China
US President Ronald Reagan lands in China at the start of a six-day state visit, the first by an American president since 1972.

1993: Recession over - it's official
The government announces the recession is over after new figures show growth in the economy for the first time in over two years.

1975: Labour votes to leave the EEC
Party members vote by almost 2-1 to leave the EEC, underlining the deep divisions over the issue of Europe.

2000: Minister sees immigrants captured
The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, witnesses nine people being caught attempting to illegally enter the UK as he inspects immigration procedures in Dover.


Around this Day

23 April
Top Story: 1979: Teacher dies in Southall race riots

24 April
Top Story: 1993: IRA bomb devastates City of London

25 April
Top Story: 1980: Tehran hostage rescue mission fails

27 April
Top Story: 1945: Russians and Americans link at Elbe

28 April
Top Story: 1986: Soviets admit nuclear accident

29 April
Top Story: 1992: LA in flames after 'not guilty' verdict


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