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1956: Egypt seizes Suez Canal
Egypt's president, Colonel Nasser, announces the nationalisation of the Suez Canal Company to provide funding for the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

1945: Churchill loses general election
Clement Attlee is Britain's new prime minister after Labour win a sweeping victory over the Conservatives.

1963: Thousands killed in Yugoslav earthquake
Thousands of people are feared dead as a massive earthquake rocks the Yugoslavian city of Skopje.

1994: Israel's London embassy bombed
A car bomb explodes outside the Israeli embassy in London injuring 14 people.

1952: Eva Peron dies
Senora Eva Peron wife of the president of the Argentine Republic, dies from cancer, aged 33.

1983: Mother loses contraception test case
A mother of 10 fails to prevent doctors prescribing contraception to under-16s without parental consent.


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

24 July
Top Story: 1974: Nixon 'must hand over Watergate tapes'

25 July
Top Story: 2000: Concorde crash kills 113

27 July
Top Story: 1996: Bomb rocks Atlanta Olympics

28 July
Top Story: 1976: Chinese earthquake kills hundreds of thousands

29 July
Top Story: 1981: Charles and Diana marry


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