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1945: Germany signs unconditional surrender
Germany signs an unconditional surrender ending six years of war in Europe.

1976: More bodies found after Italy quake
Italy's worst earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 550 people and leaves 80,000 homeless.

1965: Huge Rhodesia election win for Smith
White voters in the African colony of Rhodesia back Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front which is demanding independence from the UK.

2001: Thousands greet Pope in Syrian visit
Pope John Paul II prays for peace on a visit to the Syrian capital Damascus, where he is greeted by thousands of people.

1956: Minister rejects anti-smoking lobby
The Health Minister, RH Turton, rejects calls for a government campaign against smoking, saying no ill-effects have been proven.

2001: Healthy cattle to die to save Exmoor
More than 1,000 cattle on two farms near Exmoor will be slaughtered - even though they show no sign of foot-and-mouth disease - in order to protect Exmoor from infection.


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Top Story: 1979: Election victory for Margaret Thatcher

5 May
Top Story: 1980: SAS rescue ends Iran embassy siege

6 May
Top Story: 1966: Moors murderers jailed for life

8 May
Top Story: 1945: Rejoicing at end of war in Europe

9 May
Top Story: 1956: Mystery of missing frogman deepens

10 May
Top Story: 1994: Mandela becomes SA's first black president


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