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1941: Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor
Japan launches a surprise attack on American bases in the Pacific and declares it is at war with Britain and the United States.

1955: Attlee steps down as Labour leader
Mr Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party and is made an Earl hours later by the Queen.

2001: Taleban surrender Kandahar
The Taleban regime gives up its last Afghan stronghold of Kandahar after weeks of bombardment by US warplanes.

1979: Lord Soames to govern Rhodesia
Lord Soames is named transitional governor of Rhodesia to oversee its progress into legal independence.

1983: Tomcat halts steeplejack
A cat has climbed to a height of 160ft up an industrial chimney holding up the work of chief chimney-toppler Fred Dibnah.

1993: Activists lose battle over chestnut tree
Protesters lose a 20-year fight to save a 250-year-old chestnut tree in east London, making way for a motorway extension.


Around this Day

4 December
Top Story: 1971: Bomb demolishes crowded Belfast pub

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

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

8 December
Top Story: 1980: John Lennon shot dead

9 December
Top Story: 1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed

10 December
Top Story: 1988: Death toll rises in Armenian earthquake


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