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1942: Japanese beaten in Battle of Midway
The United States routs the Japanese Navy in a major three-day battle over a remote military base at Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean.

1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor
Israel shocks the world by destroying the Osirak nuclear plant near the Iraqi capital for fear it would be used to make atom bombs.

1977: Queen celebrates Silver Jubilee
More than one million people line the streets of London as the Queen marks the start of her silver jubilee.

1990: Three countries lift beef export ban
France, West Germany and Italy lift a ban on British beef-on-the-bone after reaching a deal in Brussels.

2000: Blair 'handbagged' by the WI
The UK prime minister is heckled and criticised by Women's Institute members as he gives a speech at their conference.


Around this Day

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

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

6 June
Top Story: 1944: D-Day marks start of Europe invasion

8 June
Top Story: 1982: Fifty die in Argentine air attack

9 June
Top Story: 1970: King Hussein escapes gunman's bullet

10 June
Top Story: 1967: Israel ends six-day war


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