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1945: Atom bomb hits Nagasaki
American forces drop an atomic bomb on Nagasaki - the second such attack on Japan in the past three days.

1971: NI activates internment law
New powers to enable authorities in Northern Ireland to indefinitely detain suspected terrorists without trial are introduced.

1974: Ford takes over as Nixon quits
Vice President Gerald Ford is sworn in as the 38th US president following Richard Nixon's resignation.

1969: Film star stabbed in 'ritualistic' killings
Actress Sharon Tate is found brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home, along with four other victims.

1979: Brighton bares all
Brighton becomes the first major resort in Britain to agree to set aside part of its seafront to nudists.

1993: Wounded Bosnian girl flown to UK
A five-year-old girl who was severely injured in the fighting in Bosnia is flown to Britain for treatment.

1999: Kennedy wins Lib Dem leadership
Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

1981: Second killer escapes from Broadmoor
A double murderer has escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane - the second killer to do so in less than three weeks.


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