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1996: Handguns to be banned in the UK
The British Government announces plans to outlaw almost all handguns following Dunblane massacre in March.

1987: Hurricane winds batter southern England
Southern Britain begins a massive clear-up operation after the worst night of storms in living memory.

1974: Maze prison goes up in flames
Three prison staff are in hospital and dozens of prisoners injured after rioting and fires at the Long Kesh Maze prison.

1967: Joan Baez arrested in Vietnam protest
Folk singer Joan Baez is arrested in a peace demonstration as rallies take place across America to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam.

1978: Polish bishop is new Pope
Cardinals at the Vatican choose the first non-Italian Pope for more than 400 years.


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13 October
Top Story: 1976: Bolivian plane crashes in Santa Cruz

14 October
Top Story: 1994: Israelis and Arafat share peace prize

15 October
Top Story: 1969: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium

17 October
Top Story: 1989: Earthquake hits San Francisco

18 October
Top Story: 1989: East Germany leader ousted

19 October
Top Story: 1989: Guildford Four released after 15 years


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