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1980: Thousands feared dead in Algerian quake
Two earthquakes strike the northern Algerian city of El Asnam and up to 20,000 are thought to have died.

1970: Canadian minister seized by gunmen
Quebec separatists kidnap Labour and Immigration Minister Pierre Laporte.

1975: Liz Taylor and Richard Burton remarry
Actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor secretly remarry in Africa only 16 months after getting divorced.

1980: Thatcher 'not for turning'
The prime minister makes a memorably defiant speech at her party's conference in Brighton.

1969: Ulster's B Specials to be disbanded
The Northern Ireland Cabinet accepts the Hunt report recommendations to disarm the RUC and abolish the Ulster Special Constabulary.

1999: Millennium Wheel edges upwards
Thousands gather to watch the giant Ferris wheel become the latest landmark on the London skyline.


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