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1956: Mystery of missing frogman deepens
Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden refuses to give details about the disappearance of a naval diver during a goodwill visit by the Soviet leadership.

1972: Israeli commandos storm hijacked jet
Twelve Israeli soldiers disguised as maintenance staff have stormed a hijacked Sabena Boeing at Lod airport in Tel Aviv and released the 100 people on board.

1979: El Salvador cathedral bloodbath
At least 18 demonstrators are shot dead and many wounded after police opened fire on anti-government protesters in El Salvador.

1988: Syria threatens force in Beirut
Syria has hinted for the first time it may send in troops to halt the bloodshed in the slums of southern Beirut.

1999: Chinese anger at embassy bombing
Major cities in China see their biggest demonstrations for years since the destruction by Nato bombs of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

1955: West Germany accepted into Nato
West Germany formally joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a special ceremony in Paris.


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Top Story: 1966: Moors murderers jailed for life

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Top Story: 1945: Germany signs unconditional surrender

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

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

11 May
Top Story: 1985: Fans killed in Bradford stadium fire

12 May
Top Story: 1994: Labour leader John Smith dies at 55


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