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1976: Israelis rescue Entebbe hostages
In a dramatic raid Israeli commandos fly to Uganda to save 100 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers at Entebbe airport.

1954: Housewives celebrate end of rationing
Fourteen years of food rationing in Britain is over as restrictions on the sale and purchase of meat, and bacon in particular, are lifted.

1995: Major wins Conservative leadership
The Prime Minister, John Major, wins his battle to remain leader of the Conservative party.

1985: Teenage genius gets a first
Child prodigy Ruth Lawrence achieves a starred first in Mathematics at Oxford University.

1968: Alec Rose sails home
Round-the-world yachtsman Alec Rose receives a hero's welcome as he sails into Portsmouth after his 354-day trip.

1977: Manchester United sack manager
Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty is sacked by the club's directors.


Around this Day

1 July
Top Story: 1997: Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control

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

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

5 July
Top Story: 1981: Police attacked in Liverpool riots

6 July
Top Story: 1988: Piper Alpha oil rig ablaze

7 July
Top Story: 2005: Bomb attacks on London


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