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1941: Germany and Italy declare war on US
Hitler and Mussolini announce they are at war with America which retaliates with its own declaration of war on "the forces of savagery and barbarism".

1994: Russian troops storm into Chechnya
Russian president Boris Yeltsin orders ground troops into Chechnya after a two-week bombing campaign fails to bring the break-away territory to heel.

2005: Massive fire at Buncefield oil depot
A huge fire continues to burn at a major fuel depot in Hertfordshire after a series of explosions early this morning.

1979: Rhodesia reverts to British rule
Parliament passes a bill to end 14 years of illegal independence from Britain, transferring full authority to Lord Soames until elections are held.

1975: Attack on British vessels heightens Cod War
An Icelandic gunboat opens fire on unarmed British fishery support vessels in the North Atlantic Sea.

2001: 30,000 postal jobs 'to be cut'
Up to 30,000 Post Office workers could lose their jobs over the next 18 months, Consignia, the company which runs the service, has announced.

1986: BBC Aids slogan angers church
Church leaders have condemned a radio campaign about Aids for "condoning promiscuity".


Around this Day

8 December
Top Story: 1980: John Lennon shot dead

9 December
Top Story: 1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed

10 December
Top Story: 1988: Death toll rises in Armenian earthquake

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

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

14 December
Top Story: 1995: Bosnia peace accord ends three-year war


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