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05 Dec
1950: Pyongyang taken as UN retreats

07 Sep
1952: Egyptian army ousts prime minister

24 Aug
1954: Brazilian president found dead

02 Mar
1956: King of Jordan sacks British general

26 Jul
1956: Egypt seizes Suez Canal

06 Nov
1956: Allied forces take control of Suez

23 Dec
1956: Jubilation as allied troops leave Suez

14 Jul
1958: Coup in Iraq sparks jitters in Middle East

01 Jun
1958: De Gaulle returns to tackle Algeria

27 Nov
1961: RAF flies aid to flood-stricken Somalia

28 Oct
1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends

30 Jun
1969: Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra

17 Sep
1970: Civil war breaks out in Jordan

25 Jan
1971: Idi Amin ousts Uganda president

01 Mar
1973: Palestinian gunmen hold diplomats in Sudan

06 Oct
1973: Arab states attack Israeli forces

21 Jul
1974: Cyprus conflict spills into London

23 Jul
1974: Greek military rule gives in to democracy

16 Jan
1979: Shah of Iran flees into exile

28 Mar
1979: Nuclear leak causes alarm in America

17 Jul
1979: Sandinista rebels take Nicaraguan capital

04 Nov
1979: Militants storm US embassy in Tehran

21 Nov
1979: Mob destroys US embassy in Pakistan

25 Apr
1980: Tehran hostage rescue mission fails

21 Jan
1981: Tehran frees US hostages after 444 days

26 May
1981: Italy in crisis as cabinet resigns

20 Oct
1983: Grenada's prime minister 'assassinated'

25 Oct
1983: US troops invade Grenada

27 Apr
1984: Libyan embassy siege ends

08 Mar
1985: Beirut car bomb kills dozens

07 Oct
1985: Gunmen hijack Italian cruise liner

24 Nov
1985: Commandoes storm hijacked plane

05 Apr
1986: Berlin disco bombed

15 Oct
1987: Fiji one step closer to a republic

03 Jul
1988: US warship shoots down Iranian airliner

16 Sep
1992: UK crashes out of ERM

06 Mar
1993: Angolans die in battle for Huambo

23 Feb
1981: Rebel army seizes control in Spain

12 Jul
1990: Yeltsin resignation splits Soviet Communists

12 Jan
1991: US Congress votes for war in Iraq

13 Jan
1997: Shots heard at besieged embassy in Peru

22 Apr
1997: Troops storm embassy in Peru

04 Feb
1998: 4,000 feared dead in Afghan earthquake

25 Nov
1998: 'Corrupt' Turkish government falls

09 May
1999: Chinese anger at embassy bombing

12 Oct
2000: Suicide bombers attack USS Cole

16 Jan
2001: DR Congo President Kabila shot

01 Jun
2001: Nepal royal family massacred

23 Nov
2002: Riots force Miss World out of Nigeria

14 Aug
2003: Lights go out across NE America

20 Nov
2003: British targets bombed in Istanbul

04 Dec
2003: US pulls back from steel trade war

27 Dec
2004: Yushchenko wins Ukraine election re-run

29 May
2005: French say 'non' to EU constitution


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