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1983: Car bomb in South Africa kills 16
At least 16 people are killed and more than 130 injured when a car bomb explodes in the centre of Pretoria in South Africa.

1965: British police to be issued with tear gas
Britain's police are to be armed with tear gas guns and grenades for use against dangerous criminals.

1973: Royal Navy moves to protect trawlers
Britain sends in Royal Navy ships to protect fishing boats in the disputed Icelandic 50-mile zone.

2000: Blairs' delight at birth of fourth child
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie celebrate the birth of their fourth child, Leo.

1958: High Wycombe weighs new mayor
Citizens of the English town of High Wycombe witness a unique ceremony at which the mayor is weighed in public.


Around this Day

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

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

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

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

22 May
Top Story: 1981: Yorkshire Ripper jailed for life

23 May
Top Story: 1998: Leaders welcome 'yes' vote for N Ireland


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