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1995: Bosnia peace accord ends three-year war
Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia sign the Dayton Accord in Paris to end more than three years of bitter conflict.

2003: Saddam Hussein captured
The ousted President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, is under arrest after being found by US soldiers hiding in a cellar.

1972: Last Moon mission returns
Apollo 17, the last manned space mission to the Moon, returns to Earth, bringing an end to America's programme of lunar exploration.

1959: Makarios elected president of Cyprus
Archbishop Makarios is elected the first president of the future Cyprus Republic.

1955: Gaitskell elected Labour leader
The Labour party elects Hugh Gaitskell as its new leader to succeed Clement Attlee.

1962: 'Music of spheres' hails Venus fly-by
The unmanned spacecraft, Mariner 2, makes the first ever fly-by of the planet Venus and sends back radio signals over tens of millions of miles of space.

1984: Court fines Scargill for obstruction
Miners' leader Arthur Scargill is found guilty of obstruction during a picket at a Yorkshire coal works earlier this year.

1978: Labour faces vote of confidence
Prime Minister James Callaghan challenges MPs to decide if his government should be forced to hold an early general election following heated debates on the economy.


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13 December
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16 December
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17 December
Top Story: 1944: Germany counter-attacks in Ardennes


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