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1998: Six die as huge waves smash into yachts
Six people have died after mountainous seas smashed into yachts taking part in the prestigious Sydney to Hobart race.

1975: New laws to end battle of the sexes
Radical new legislation introducing a woman's right to equal pay and status comes into force in the UK.

1984: Rajiv Gandhi wins landslide election victory
Rajiv Gandhi claims a massive victory for his assassinated mother's Congress Party in the Indian general election.

2000: Freezing Britain grinds to a halt
A blanket of snow descends on the country as Arctic conditions disrupt travel.

1986: Harold Macmillan dies
Lord Stockton, the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, dies aged 92.


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