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05 May
1955: Dr Salk promotes polio vaccine in UK

07 May
1956: Minister rejects anti-smoking lobby

27 Jun
1957: Smoking 'causes lung cancer'

01 Oct
1957: British public gets 'Asian Flu' vaccine

29 Jan
1959: Fog brings transport chaos

04 Dec
1961: Birth control pill 'available to all'

26 Aug
1962: Abortion mother returns home

06 Dec
1962: Choking fog spreads across Britain

04 May
1966: Doctors and dentists get huge pay rise

26 Feb
1968: Hospital blaze kills 21 patients

19 Feb
1968: Damages for thalidomide children

03 May
1968: Surgeons conduct UK's first heart transplant

02 Oct
1968: Birth of sextuplets stuns Britain

06 Mar
1970: Rabies ban on British pet imports

13 Dec
1972: New offer for Thalidomide victims

30 Jul
1973: Final deal for thalidomide victims

02 Oct
1974: Cannabis 'causes brain damage'

07 Oct
1977: Invasion of Swedish identical twins

25 Jul
1978: First 'test tube baby' born

26 Jul
1983: Mother loses contraception test case

06 Dec
1983: Transplant makes British medical history

23 Apr
1984: Scientist finds Aids virus

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

07 Sep
1984: Epidemic 'spreads to second hospital'

13 Aug
1985: Heart-lung transplant makes history

11 Dec
1986: BBC Aids slogan angers church

03 Feb
1988: Nurses protest for better pay

03 Dec
1988: Egg industry fury over salmonella claim

25 Jul
1989: Diana opens Landmark Aids Centre

01 Aug
1989: Britain's oldest person turns 112

06 Jan
1992: US halts breast implants

26 Aug
1994: Man gets 'bionic' heart

13 Jun
1996: Guernsey votes to legalise abortion

06 Feb
1997: Widow allowed dead husband's baby

19 May
1997: Labour to stub out tobacco sponsorship

29 Sep
1997: Scientists confirm brain diseases link

30 Nov
1999: T-bone steaks on sale by Christmas

06 Jan
2000: Flu outbreak stretches NHS resources

10 Apr
2000: Damages for sacked HIV manager

27 May
2000: GM blunder leaves farmers in uproar

11 Jul
2000: Britain pioneers HIV vaccine

27 Jul
2000: Labour publishes plans to revolutionise NHS

22 Jan
2001: MMR triple vaccine declared safe

13 Feb
2001: Landmark Aids case begins in Scotland

19 Apr
2001: Drugs firms withdraw from Aids case

14 May
2001: Scientists warn of more CJD cases

15 May
2001: UK supermarkets slash price of drugs

13 Jul
2001: Family demand inquiry into police shooting

07 Aug
2001: NHS buys private hospital

21 Oct
2001: Anthrax claims third victim in US

22 Mar
2002: Woman granted 'right to die'

08 Jul
2003: Conjoined twins die in separation op


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