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1957: Britain drops its first H-bomb
After just two years of development, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb over Christmas Island, as the arms race begins to escalate.

1974: Teenagers die in Israeli school attack
Sixteen teenagers die along with three Palestinians holding them hostage at an Israeli school near the Lebanese border.

1993: French police rescue child hostages
A hostage crisis at a nursery school in Paris ends when commandos storm the school - and the children's teacher is hailed a hero.

1954: Queen returns after lengthy voyage
The Royal Family returns safely from their six-month tour of the Commonwealth to a rapturous welcome in London.

2001: UK supermarkets slash price of drugs
British consumers reap the benefits of cheaper over-the-counter medicine after a court ruling puts an end to the drug industry's price-fixing policy.


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

13 May
Top Story: 1981: Thousands see Pope shot in Rome

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

16 May
Top Story: 1943: Germans crush Jewish uprising

17 May
Top Story: 1943: RAF raid smashes German dams

18 May
Top Story: 1944: Monte Cassino falls to the Allies


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