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1995: Riots break out in Brixton
Hundreds of black and white youths are on the streets of Brixton, in south London attacking police, ransacking shops and burning cars after the death of a black man in police custody.

2001: Suicide attack on Indian parliament
A group of gunmen breaks through tight security to attack the parliament building in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

1981: Military crackdown on Polish people
Military rulers in Poland have declared a state of emergency after imposing martial law and placing leaders of the Solidarity trade union under arrest.

1972: New offer for Thalidomide victims
More than 300 British victims of the Thalidomide drug are being offered a compensation deal said to be worth 11.85m.

1958: Monkey lost after space flight
The search for a small bushy-tailed monkey fired into space in the nose cone of a Jupiter missile is called off.


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

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

15 December
Top Story: 2004: Blunkett resigns over visa accusations

16 December
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