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1945: Russians and Americans link at Elbe
Russian and American troops join hands at the River Elbe in Germany, bringing the end of the war a step closer.

1984: Libyan embassy siege ends
The siege of the Libyan Embassy in London ends 11 days after the shooting of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the St James's Square building.

1961: Sierra Leone wins independence
Sierra Leone becomes the latest West African state to win independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.

1992: Betty Boothroyd is new Speaker
The House of Commons elects a woman to the post of Speaker for the first time in its 700-year history.

1971: Protest disrupts Welsh language trial
Police in Wales remove demonstrators from the entrance of a courtroom after they disrupted proceedings inside.


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

26 April
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28 April
Top Story: 1986: Soviets admit nuclear accident

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

30 April
Top Story: 1975: Saigon surrenders


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