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1972: Earthquake wreaks devastation in Nicaragua
Ten thousand people are feared dead after a two-hour earthquake rips through the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

1956: Jubilation as allied troops leave Suez
The United Nations Emergency Force takes over in Egypt after British and French forces withdraw from Port Said and Port Fuad ending the Suez Crisis.

1992: Queen's Christmas speech leaked
The BBC investigates a leak which led to the Queen's Christmas speech being published in a national newspaper.

1986: Sakharov comes in from the cold
The Soviet Union's most prominent dissident, Andrei Sakharov, has returned to Moscow after almost seven years of internal exile.

1964: Beeching to leave British Railways
Dr Richard Beeching who instigated major and controversial changes to the rail network will quit, says the government.


Around this Day

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

24 December
Top Story: 1962: Bay of Pigs prisoners fly to freedom

25 December
Top Story: 1989: Romania's 'first couple' executed

26 December
Top Story: 2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami


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