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1988: Death toll rises in Armenian earthquake
Up to 45,000 people die and a further 500,000 are homeless after the devastating earthquake which ripped through Armenia, official figures reveal today.

1990: Iraq frees British hostages
The first of the hostages held in the Gulf for four and a half months have arrived in Britain after their release by Saddam Hussein.

2003: Mother cleared of murdering babies
The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of Angela Cannings, jailed for life for the murder of her two baby sons.

1981: Mystery disease kills homosexuals
Mystery disease is causing increasing concern among medical practitioners in the United States.

1961: Apartheid attacked at Nobel ceremony
Alfred Luthuli, leader of the banned African National Congress, attacks South Africa's regime as he receives the Nobel peace prize.

1979: Daredevil Kidd's 80ft river jump
Stuntman Eddie Kidd has accomplished a "death-defying" motorcycle leap.


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7 December
Top Story: 1941: Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor

8 December
Top Story: 1980: John Lennon shot dead

9 December
Top Story: 1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed

11 December
Top Story: 1941: Germany and Italy declare war on US

12 December
Top Story: 1988: 35 dead in Clapham rail collision

13 December
Top Story: 1995: Riots break out in Brixton


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