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2001: Hamiltons condemn 'sex assault' arrest
Former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton and wife Christine strenuously deny allegations they carried out a serious sexual assault.

1977: Tight security for Queen's Irish visit
The Queen visits Northern Ireland for the first time in 11 years as part of her Silver Jubilee tour.

1964: Guns fall silent in Cyprus
The United Nations brokers another ceasefire in Cyprus, defusing a growing military crisis and heading off the threat of invasion by Turkey.

1990: Magellan starts mapping Venus
The Nasa space probe Magellan arrives at Venus after a 15-month journey from Earth and starts its mission to map the global warming "hell-hole".

1988: Mysterious seal disease spreads
Scientists fear a disease which has killed more than 6,000 seals in the North Sea and the Baltic has now reached British waters.

2003: Britain swelters in record heat
Britain records its hottest-ever day with temperatures above 100F, jamming roads and packing beaches across the country.


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