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1997: Princess Diana dies in Paris crash
Diana, Princess of Wales, is killed after her car crashes in a Paris underpass - the driver and her friend Dodi Fayed are also dead.

1994: IRA declares 'complete' ceasefire
The IRA announces a "complete cessation of military operations" after 25 years of bombing and killing.

1959: Anglo-US TV debate makes history
British prime minister Harold Macmillan and American president Dwight Eisenhower give an historic live television broadcast from Downing Street.

1977: Smith keeps power in Rhodesia
Ian Smith's ruling Rhodesian Front wins an overwhelming victory in the country's general election.

1989: Royal couple to separate
Buckingham Palace confirms that after 16 years of marriage Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips are to live apart.

1957: Malaya celebrates independence
The Federation of Malaya becomes independent from Britain after a midnight handover ceremony.


Around this Day

28 August
Top Story: 1963: King's dream for racial harmony

29 August
Top Story: 1965: Gemini V returns to Earth

30 August
Top Story: 1976: Notting Hill Carnival ends in riot

1 September
Top Story: 1939: Germany invades Poland

2 September
Top Story: 1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender

3 September
Top Story: 2004: Russian school siege ends in violence


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