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1983: US troops invade Grenada
American forces seize control of the Caribbean island of Grenada less than a week after a left-wing coup in which the prime minister, Maurice Bishop, was killed.

1964: President Kaunda takes power in Zambia
Zambia is the ninth African state to gain independence from the British crown.

1984: Europe grants emergency aid for Ethiopia
The EEC is donating 1.8 million to help combat the famine in Ethiopia.

1976: Queen opens National Theatre in London
The Queen has officially opened the National Theatre on the South Bank in London after years of delays.

2001: Crime rates lowest for 20 years
British Crime Survey reveals the chances of being a victim of crime are lowest for 20 years.


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

23 October
Top Story: 1956: Hungarians rise up against Soviet rule

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

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

27 October
Top Story: 1978: Gunman runs amok in West Midlands

28 October
Top Story: 1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends


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