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1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed
Tripartite talks on Northern Ireland end in an historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland.

1952: London fog clears after days of chaos
The sunshine returns following four days of thick fog that brought the capital to a standstill.

1993: Astronauts put Hubble back in action
A record-breaking mission to repair the faulty Hubble telescope in outer space is declared an unqualified success.

1996: Guilty verdict on school machete attacker
A man who attacked three children and four women with a machete is found guilty of attempted murder.

1992: American marines land in Somalia
American forces land in Somalia to begin humanitarian operation in famine-stricken country.

1987: Gatting row halts play in Pakistan
The England cricket tour hangs in the balance as a row erupts between England captain Mike Gatting and the umpire Shakoor Rana.

1957: Post Office issues Christmas warning
The Post Master General kicks off a campaign urging the public to send their Christmas cards in good time.


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

11 December
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12 December
Top Story: 1988: 35 dead in Clapham rail collision


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