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1984: Gorbachev visit to Britain a 'success'
Mikhail Gorbachev, the man widely tipped as the next leader of the Soviet Union, holds five hours of talks with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

1969: MPs vote to abolish hanging
MPs vote by a big majority for the permanent abolition of the death penalty for murder.

1955: Queen opens London Airport terminal
Her Majesty inaugurates "The Queen's Building", part of the new central terminal area built to accommodate increasing numbers of air passengers.

2001: Thousands rally for Scots countryside
Thousands of countryside campaigners are on the streets of Edinburgh in the largest demonstration of its kind ever witnessed in Scotland.

1977: Queen opens 'tube' link to Heathrow
The Queen unveils the new underground link from central London to Heathrow - the first from a capital city to its major airport.


Around this Day

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

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

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

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

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

19 December
Top Story: 1984: Britain signs over Hong Kong to China


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