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1969: British troops sent into Northern Ireland
The British Government sends troops into Northern Ireland in what it says is a "limited operation" to restore law and order.

1980: Shipyard Poles strike for their rights
Shipyard workers in Gdansk, Poland, strike in protest over the dismissal of a trade union activist

2000: Rescuers race to save stricken Kursk
A rescue operation is underway to save the lives of more than 100 sailors on board a Russian submarine grounded at the bottom of the Barents Sea.

1979: Freak storm hits yacht race
Dozens of yachts are lost and at least three people killed after a freak storm blows during the Fastnet yacht race.

1941: Secret meetings seal US-Britain alliance
US President Franklin D Roosevelt and UK PM Winston Churchill agree plans for downfall of Hitler.

2001: Setback for NI peace process
The IRA says it is withdrawing a proposal it made last week on putting its weapons beyond use.

2003: Lights go out across NE America
Massive power failures cause chaos across the eastern United States and Canada, hitting cities such as New York and Ottawa.

1979: Disgraced ex-MP released from jail
John Stonehouse, the former government minister who faked his own death, has been freed from prison.

1990: One in five yet to pay poll tax
Many people have yet to pay anything towards the new community charge - or poll tax, a survey reveals.


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