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2000: Hezbollah celebrates Israeli retreat
The Hezbollah leader is greeted by thousands of supporters during a victory rally to celebrate the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon.

1998: Veterans reject Japanese 'sorrow'
Emperor Akihito of Japan speaks of his "pain" over the suffering inflicted by his country during World War II, but war veterans feel he does not go far enough.

1981: Italy in crisis as cabinet resigns
The entire Italian coalition cabinet under Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani steps down in the wake of a scandal over freemasonry.

1950: UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations
Long queues appear at garages this evening and motorists have torn their ration books into confetti after an end to petrol rationing is announced.

1972: Thomas Cook packaged and sold
State-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.


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

24 May
Top Story: 2001: Israel wedding party tragedy

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

27 May
Top Story: 1964: Light goes out in India as Nehru dies

28 May
Top Story: 1998: World fury at Pakistan's nuclear tests

29 May
Top Story: 1968: Manchester Utd win European Cup


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