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1973: Spanish prime minister assassinated
The Spanish Prime Minister, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, is killed in a car bomb attack in Madrid.

1995: 'Divorce': Queen to Charles and Diana
The Queen has urged the Prince and Princess of Wales to seek "an early divorce".

1989: US forces oust General Noriega
President George Bush orders the invasion of Panama but US troops fail to capture dictator Manuel Noriega.

1979: Council tenants will have 'right to buy'
More than five million council house tenants in Britain are to be given the right to buy their home.

1981: Lifeboat crew missing after mission
A desperate search is underway for eight members of a life boat crew missing feared dead.

1955: Yugoslavia wins UN vote
The United Nations General Assembly elects Yugoslavia to the hotly-contested temporary seat on the Security Council.


Around this Day

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

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

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

23 December
Top Story: 1972: Earthquake wreaks devastation in Nicaragua


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