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1994: Mandela becomes SA's first black president
Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa's first black president after more than three centuries of white rule.

1940: Churchill takes helm as Germans advance
German forces invade the Low Countries by air and land, while in London, Chamberlain is replaced by Churchill.

1998: Sinn Fein backs peace deal
The political wing of the republican IRA back the Good Friday peace agreement heralding a major shift in modern republicanism.

1978: Italy mourns murdered statesman
The murdered Italian politician Aldo Moro is buried after a private funeral service, 55 days after he was kidnapped by the Red Brigade.

1967: Two Rolling Stones on drugs charges
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared before magistrates charged with drug offences.


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Top Story: 1981: Thousands see Pope shot in Rome


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