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1960: Scores die in Sharpeville shoot-out
More than 50 Africans die and 169 are injured as police open fire in the South African township of Sharpeville.

1991: Heseltine unveils new property tax
The government has revealed plans for a new property tax in place of the controversial poll tax.

1999: Comedy genius Ernie Wise dies
One of Britain's most loved and most successful comedians, Ernie Wise, dies aged 73.

1984: EEC summit collapses over rebate row
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher comes under attack for the breakdown of negotiations at the European Economic Community common market summit in Brussels.

1963: Train drives itself
The first automatic train on the London underground could be hurtling into stations in three weeks, the government has revealed.


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Top Story: 1982: Argentine flag hoisted on S Georgia

20 March
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22 March
Top Story: 1956: King convicted for bus boycott

23 March
Top Story: 1987: 30 hurt as car bomb hits Army base

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Top Story: 1989: Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster


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