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1976: Chinese earthquake kills hundreds of thousands
More than 200,000 people are feared dead after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits China.

2005: IRA declares end to armed struggle
The IRA formally orders an end to its armed campaign and says it will pursue exclusively peaceful means.

2000: Last prisoners leave the Maze
Nearly 80 men imprisoned for terrorist offences are freed from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

1965: US orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam
President Johnson commits a further 50,000 US troops to the conflict in Vietnam.

1972: National dock strike begins
Thousands of British dockers begin an official strike to safeguard jobs.

1988: Ashdown to lead Britain's third party
The MP for Yeovil, Paddy Ashdown, is elected the first leader of the new Social and Liberal Democrat Party.


Around this Day

25 July
Top Story: 2000: Concorde crash kills 113

26 July
Top Story: 1956: Egypt seizes Suez Canal

27 July
Top Story: 1996: Bomb rocks Atlanta Olympics

29 July
Top Story: 1981: Charles and Diana marry

30 July
Top Story: 1986: Parents appeal for missing agent

31 July
Top Story: 1991: Superpowers to cut nuclear warheads


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