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1945: Allied nations celebrate VJ Day
Allied nations across the globe rejoice on Victory in Japan day that marks the end of World War II.

1998: Dozens die in Omagh bombing
At least 27 people are feared dead after a massive car bomb in the town of Omagh in Northern Ireland.

1965: Los Angeles riot toll keeps rising
At least 28 people die and hundreds are injured after a weekend of rioting in Los Angeles.

2005: Settlers protest at Gaza pullout
Israeli troops meet peaceful resistance as they deliver the first eviction notices to settlers in the Gaza Strip.

1971: 'V-sign' costs rider victory
Controversial horse rider Harvey Smith is stripped of his 2,000 winnings and a major show jumping title for allegedly making a rude gesture.

1985: Virgin voyage ends in disaster
The speedboat Virgin Atlantic Challenger capsizes off the south-west of England scuppering Richard Branson's attempt at the fastest-ever Atlantic crossing.

1950: Princess gives birth to second child
The King's eldest daughter and heir to the throne, Princess Elizabeth, gives birth to a daughter at Clarence House in London.


Around this Day

12 August
Top Story: 1985: Hundreds dead in Boeing crash

13 August
Top Story: 1961: Berliners wake to divided city

14 August
Top Story: 1969: British troops sent into Northern Ireland

16 August
Top Story: 1952: Flood devastates Devon village

17 August
Top Story: 1998: Clinton admits Lewinsky affair

18 August
Top Story: 1992: Serbian prison camps condemned


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