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1971: Bomb demolishes crowded Belfast pub
At least 10 people die and 17 are injured after a bomb explodes in McGurk's Bar, a crowded Catholic pub in Belfast.

1991: Last US hostage freed
The final American hostage in Lebanon is released by his captors after almost seven years of captivity.

1983: IRA gunmen shot dead in SAS ambush
Police are searching for an IRA gunman who escaped as two of his colleagues were shot dead by the SAS.

2003: US pulls back from steel trade war
The United States withdraws a punitive tax on imported steel to avoid a damaging trade war between America and Europe.

1961: Birth control pill 'available to all'
Women who wish to take oral contraception may do so on the National Health Service.

1976: 'Genius' composer Benjamin Britten dies
Tributes are being paid to a modest and "brilliant" composer who died today.


Around this Day

1 December
Top Story: 1955: Black woman challenges race law

2 December
Top Story: 1977: South African police cleared of Biko death

3 December
Top Story: 1984: Hundreds die in Bhopal chemical accident

5 December
Top Story: 1977: Egypt severs ties with Arab hardliners

6 December
Top Story: 1975: Couple under siege in Balcombe Street

7 December
Top Story: 1941: Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor


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