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1980: John Lennon shot dead
Former Beatle John Lennon is shot dead by an unknown gunman who opened fire outside the musician's New York apartment.

1965: New UK race law 'not tough enough'
The new Race Relations Act comes into force today making racial discrimination unlawful in public places.

1987: Superpowers to reverse arms race
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev sign an historic agreement to reduce the size of their nuclear arsenals.

2003: Greek terrorists convicted
The trial of 19 members of a left-wing group that killed British Brigadier Stephen Saunders three years ago comes to an end.

1995: Youth gang stabs head teacher to death
A head teacher dies after being stabbed outside his west London school.

1983: Television cameras allowed into Lords
Cameras will be allowed into the House of Lords after its members vote in favour of allowing live broadcasts from its chamber.


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6 December
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7 December
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9 December
Top Story: 1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed

10 December
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11 December
Top Story: 1941: Germany and Italy declare war on US


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