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1989: East Germany leader ousted
The Communist leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker, is forced to step down as leader of the country after a series of health problems.

1963: Aristocrat is new prime minister
A Scottish Earl, Lord Home, wins a bitter contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party to become Britain's new prime minister.

1967: Soviets glimpse beneath clouds of Venus
The Soviet Union sends a space probe beneath the cloud cover around Venus for the first time.

1976: Funeral of Mafia boss held in NY
The funeral of Carlo Gambino takes place in New York following his death on Friday.

2000: Hurley mocked at premiere
Liz Hurley has been greeted by protesters at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Bedazzled.


Around this Day

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

16 October
Top Story: 1996: Handguns to be banned in the UK

17 October
Top Story: 1989: Earthquake hits San Francisco

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

20 October
Top Story: 1967: Thousands join anti-war movement

21 October
Top Story: 1966: Coal tip buries children in Aberfan


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