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1998: Leaders welcome 'yes' vote for N Ireland
The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, welcomes the resounding "yes" vote in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement on Northern Ireland calling it "a day for joy".

1977: Dutch children held hostage
More than 100 children and six teachers are taken hostage in a primary school in northern Holland.

1962: Ex-general escapes death sentence
A military court in Paris imposes a life sentence on Raoul Salan, leader of an extremist group violently opposed to Algerian independence.

1984: Villagers die in water plant blast
At least four people are dead and dozens more injured in an explosion at a Lancashire water treatment plant.

1966: Emergency laws over seamen's strike
The British government declares a state of emergency a week after the nation's seamen strike begins.


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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

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

24 May
Top Story: 2001: Israel wedding party tragedy

25 May
Top Story: 1982: Dozens killed as Argentines hit British ships

26 May
Top Story: 2000: Hezbollah celebrates Israeli retreat


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