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1981: Thousands see Pope shot in Rome
Crowds in St Peter's Square in Rome are stunned by the close-range shooting of the Pope.

1989: British war hero 'seized' in Beirut
British war hero Jackie Mann,74, is feared kidnapped in Beirut after disappearing in the Lebanese capital.

1968: Workers join Paris student protest
A one-day workers' general strike is called in solidarity with students calling for the fall of government and protesting police brutality.

1995: British woman conquers Everest
A British mother of two becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

1977: Cricket captain sacked over 'circus'
England captain Tony Greig is fired for recruiting players to Australian media mogul Kerry Packer's rival World XI team in what is seen as a "breach of trust".


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12 May
Top Story: 1994: Labour leader John Smith dies at 55

14 May
Top Story: 1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact

15 May
Top Story: 1957: Britain drops its first H-bomb

16 May
Top Story: 1943: Germans crush Jewish uprising


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