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1984: Britain signs over Hong Kong to China
The British colony of Hong Kong is to be returned to China in 1997 after an historic agreement is signed.

2003: Libya gives up chemical weapons
Libya makes a surprise announcement that it will destroy its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.

1972: Amin ultimatum to Uganda Britons
Ugandan leader General Idi Amin gives British workers an ultimatum to accept reduced pay or be expelled.

1956: Thick fog causes death on roads
At least six people die and several others are injured in road accidents in thick fog.

1997: Tory leader weds
Conservative party leader William Hague marries his fiancée Ffion Jenkins at ceremony in Westminster.


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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

20 December
Top Story: 1973: Spanish prime minister assassinated

21 December
Top Story: 1988: Jumbo jet crashes onto Lockerbie

22 December
Top Story: 1972: Survivors found 10 weeks after plane crash


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