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2004: Blunkett resigns over visa accusations
The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, resigns after an email implicates him in using his position to grant favours to his ex-lover.

1993: Anglo-Irish pact paves way for peace
The British and Irish prime ministers John Major and Albert Reynolds sign the historic Joint Declaration for Peace on the steps of Downing street.

1982: Spain opens border with the Rock
Scenes of jubilation as the gates isolating the people of Gibraltar from Spain are to opened for the first time in 13 years.

1994: Modahl banned for drug taking
Former 800m Commonwealth gold-medallist Diane Modahl is found guilty of taking a banned drug - but is cleared a year later on appeal.

1974: New speed limit to curb fuel use
Drivers must adhere to reduced speed limits from midnight tonight as the government tries to save fuel.

1958: Film stars raise cash for Colleano
British stars of the big screen take part in a fund-raising football match for the family of America actor Bonar Colleano, killed in a car crash earlier this year.


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

16 December
Top Story: 1984: Gorbachev visit to Britain a 'success'

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

18 December
Top Story: 1974: Compensation for Bloody Sunday victims


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