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1974: Turkey invades Cyprus
Thousands of Turkish troops invade northern Cyprus after last-minute talks in the Greek capital, Athens, fail to reach a solution.

1944: Hitler survives assassination attempt
Adolf Hitler escapes death after a third attempt on his life when a bomb explodes in Rastenberg

1982: IRA bombs cause carnage in London
Eight soldiers on ceremonial duty are killed in two IRA bomb blasts in Hyde Park and Regent's Park.

1960: Ceylon chooses world's first woman PM
Sirimavo Bandaranaike makes history when she becomes the first-ever female head of government.

1990: IRA bombs Stock Exchange
An IRA bomb blows a 10-foot hole in the London Stock Exchange.

1952: Zatopek wins gold at Helsinki
Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia sets the pace at the start of the Olympic Games in Finland by breaking the 10,000 metres record.

2003: BBC admits Kelly was 'main source'
The BBC confirms weapons expert Dr David Kelly, found dead two days ago, was the source for reports that the government "sexed up" an Iraq dossier.

1957: Britons 'have never had it so good'
British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan tells a Conservative rally in Bedford "we have never had it so good" but calls on pay restraint to combat inflation.

1976: Pictures of Mars from Viking ship
America's Viking I space-craft lands on Mars and beams back to Earth the first photographs of its surface.


Around this Day

17 July
Top Story: 1976: African countries boycott Olympics

18 July
Top Story: 2000: Sarah Payne's body found

19 July
Top Story: 1997: IRA declares ceasefire

21 July
Top Story: 1969: Man takes first steps on the Moon

22 July
Top Story: 1977: Deng Xiaoping back in power

23 July
Top Story: 1974: Greek military rule gives in to democracy


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