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2004: Russian school siege ends in violence
More than 200 people die after a three-day siege at a Russian school came to a bloody end.

1939: Britain and France declare war on Germany
Britain and France are at war with Germany following the invasion of Poland two days ago.

1998: All feared dead in Swissair crash
A Swissair plane flying from New York to Geneva crashes in the sea off the coast of Nova Scotia, just over an hour after taking off.

1943: Allied troops invade mainland Italy
British troops land on mainland Europe four years to the day after war was declared on Germany.

1984: Typhoon batters Philippines
At least 1,300 people die and hundreds more are injured as the worst storm in living memory sweeps across the southern Philippines.

1976: Hull prison riot ends
The last protesting imates at Hull's top-security prison finally surrender after 67 hours on the rampage.

1954: National Trust buys remote island
The National Trust purchases Fair Isle in northern Scotland famous for its bird sanctuary and knitted sweaters.


Around this Day

31 August
Top Story: 1997: Princess Diana dies in Paris crash

1 September
Top Story: 1939: Germany invades Poland

2 September
Top Story: 1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender

4 September
Top Story: 1997: Suicide bombings put peace visit in doubt

5 September
Top Story: 1975: London Hilton bombed

6 September
Top Story: 1997: Diana's funeral watched by millions


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