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1956: Hungarians rise up against Soviet rule
Tens of thousands of people take to the streets in Hungary to demand an end to Soviet rule.

1983: Beirut blasts kill US and French troops
At least 146 American marines and 27 French servicemen have been killed after two separate bomb attacks on military headquarters in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

2001: IRA begins decommissioning weapons
The Northern Ireland peace process reaches an historic breakthrough as the IRA announce they are decommissioning their weapons.

1971: Two women shot at Belfast checkpoint
British soldiers kill sisters Mary Ellen Meehan and Dorothy Maguire in a car speeding towards a checkpoint.

1951: Churchill denies 'warmonger' claims
The Conservative leader, Winston Churchill, winds up his election campaign by denying he is a warmonger


Around this Day

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

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

22 October
Top Story: 1966: Double-agent breaks out of jail

24 October
Top Story: 1945: United Nations Organisation is born

25 October
Top Story: 1983: US troops invade Grenada

26 October
Top Story: 1994: Israel and Jordan make peace


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