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26 May
1950: UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations

16 Aug
1952: Flood devastates Devon village

09 Dec
1952: London fog clears after days of chaos

01 Feb
1953: Violent storms claim hundreds of lives

03 Sep
1954: National Trust buys remote island

24 Feb
1955: Britain's big freeze

14 May
1957: Cheers as petrol rationing ended

15 May
1957: Britain drops its first H-bomb

26 Jun
1959: Queen and Eisenhower open seaway

19 Mar
1964: 'Ambitious' plans for south east

14 May
1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile

24 Aug
1967: Penguins cool off in heat wave

04 Jun
1968: Dover begins bird purge

06 Mar
1970: Rabies ban on British pet imports

15 Jul
1971: Seals shot by government decree

25 Dec
1974: Cyclone Tracy leaves Darwin devastated

05 Aug
1975: Deadly tree disease spreads

01 Sep
1976: Water crisis deepens

17 Oct
1978: Grey seal cull dramatically reduced

23 Jul
1984: Sellafield 'not linked' to cancer cluster

10 Jul
1985: Rainbow Warrior sinks after explosion

28 Apr
1986: Soviets admit nuclear accident

01 Nov
1986: Chemical spill turns Rhine red

16 Oct
1987: Hurricane winds batter southern England

25 Jan
1990: Children killed in devastating storm

03 Aug
1990: UK temperatures reach record high

07 Dec
1993: Activists lose battle over chestnut tree

28 Feb
2000: Nuclear chief quits over safety scandal

27 May
2000: GM blunder leaves farmers in uproar

05 Jul
2000: Record-breaking penguin rescue

12 Jul
2000: British-backed dam threatens ancient lifestyle

08 Sep
2000: French fuel protests spread to UK

15 Sep
2000: UK fuel protesters go back home

22 Oct
2001: UK braced for more flooding

16 Dec
2001: Thousands rally for Scots countryside


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