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1944: Monte Cassino falls to the Allies
The Polish flag is flying over the ruins of the ancient Italian monastery, which has been a symbol of German resistance since the beginning of the year

1991: Sharman becomes first Briton in space
Britain's first astronaut, 27-year-old Helen Sharman from Sheffield, has blasted into orbit.

1950: US and Europe agree Nato aims
Twelve nations agree on a permanent defence organisation for the US and Europe.

1964: Mods and Rockers jailed after seaside riots
Scores of youths are given prison sentences following violent clashes between gangs of Mods and Rockers.

1972: Duke too ill for tea with the Queen
Doctors say the Duke of Windsor must remain in his bedroom throughout the Queen's visit to his home in Paris.


Around this Day

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

16 May
Top Story: 1943: Germans crush Jewish uprising

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

19 May
Top Story: 1980: Nine dead after Mount St Helens eruption

20 May
Top Story: 1983: Car bomb in South Africa kills 16

21 May
Top Story: 1991: Bomb kills India's former leader Rajiv Gandhi


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