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25 Apr
1953: Scientists describe 'secret of life'

11 Mar
1955: Farewell to scientist who discovered penicillin

18 Apr
1955: Albert Einstein dies

05 May
1955: Dr Salk promotes polio vaccine in UK

21 May
1958: Trunk dialling heralds cheaper calls

11 Jun
1959: Hovercraft marks new era in transport

05 Sep
1959: UK's first trunk call from a pay phone

26 Oct
1959: World glimpses far side of the Moon

14 Dec
1962: 'Music of spheres' hails Venus fly-by

06 Feb
1964: Green light for Channel Tunnel

24 Mar
1965: Millions watch space probe crash into Moon

15 Jun
1966: Hovercraft deal opens show

19 Oct
1970: Large oil field found in North Sea

02 Oct
1974: Cannabis 'causes brain damage'

25 Jul
1978: First 'test tube baby' born

19 Jul
1983: Flesh-eating dinosaur resurrected

10 Jan
1985: Safety concerns over electronic trike

24 Apr
1990: Hubble telescope takes off for space

06 Dec
1994: Royal approval for oil drilling at Windsor

05 Feb
1996: First GM food goes on sale in UK

22 Feb
1997: Dolly the sheep is cloned

12 Feb
1999: Scientists highlight hazards of GM food

27 May
2000: GM blunder leaves farmers in uproar

09 Jul
2001: Scientists discover why we are here

25 Dec
2003: Mars space probe disappears


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