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1997: Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control
Hong Kong is handed back to the Chinese authorities - ending more than 150 years of British control.

1963: Philby confirmed as 'third man'
Former Foreign Office official Harold Philby is confirmed as the "third man" in the Burgess and Maclean case.

1994: Yasser Arafat ends 27-year exile
The chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, returns to the Gaza Strip after 27 years in exile.

2004: Cassini captures Saturn's rings
International space probe Cassini-Huygens reaches Saturn and sends back the closest photographs yet of the planet's rings.

1987: Stock-broker guilty of corruption
One of the City's top investment bankers receives the first conviction for insider dealing since it became illegal.

2000: Ex-Blair ally attacks prime minister
Millionaire novelist Ken Follett levels scathing personal criticism at Prime Minister Tony Blair.


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Top Story: 1960: Welsh pit blast kills 37 miners

29 June
Top Story: 1995: US shuttle docks with Russian space station

30 June
Top Story: 1985: Beirut ordeal ends for US hostages

2 July
Top Story: 1964: President Johnson signs Civil Rights Bill

3 July
Top Story: 1988: US warship shoots down Iranian airliner

4 July
Top Story: 1976: Israelis rescue Entebbe hostages


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