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1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath
Queen Elizabeth II is crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London.

1979: Millions cheer as the Pope comes home
The Pope is greeted by two million people as he sets foot on his native soil of Poland.

1994: MI5 officers killed in helicopter crash
Twenty of Britain's top intelligence experts are killed when a RAF helicopter crashes on the Mull of Kintyre.

1985: Uefa bans English clubs from Europe
English clubs are banned from playing in Europe indefinitely, after the riot at Brussels' Heysel stadium in which 39 people died.

1966: First US space probe lands on Moon
The United States lands a spacecraft on the Moon on its first try, but four months behind the Soviet Union.

1976: Piggott celebrates 7th Derby victory
Jockey Lester Piggott wins the Epsom Derby for a record seventh time, riding the French-trained Emperie.


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31 May
Top Story: 1985: English teams banned after Heysel

1 June
Top Story: 2001: Nepal royal family massacred

3 June
Top Story: 1962: 130 die in Paris air crash

4 June
Top Story: 1940: Dunkirk rescue is over - Churchill defiant

5 June
Top Story: 1967: Israel launches attack on Egypt


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