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Independence Movements

02 Nov
1951: 6,000 British troops flown into Egypt

08 Apr
1953: Seven years' hard labour for Kenyatta

24 Apr
1954: British crackdown on Kenya rebels

10 Mar
1956: Riots erupt in Cyprus over Archbishop

11 May
1956: Gold Coast to get independence

04 Nov
1956: Soviet troops overrun Hungary

06 Mar
1957: Ghana celebrates independence

11 Apr
1957: Britain agrees to Singapore self-rule

31 Aug
1957: Malaya celebrates independence

01 Jun
1958: De Gaulle returns to tackle Algeria

16 Feb
1959: Castro sworn in as Cuban PM

07 Mar
1959: African activist flees to UK

14 Dec
1959: Makarios elected president of Cyprus

08 Jan
1961: French vote for Algerian freedom

13 Feb
1961: Ex-Congo PM declared dead

27 Apr
1961: Sierra Leone wins independence

25 May
1963: African states unite against white rule

27 May
1963: Kenyatta to be Kenya's first premier

25 Oct
1964: President Kaunda takes power in Zambia

11 Nov
1965: Rhodesia breaks from UK

30 Jun
1969: Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra

02 Mar
1970: Ian Smith declares Rhodesia a republic

10 Oct
1970: Canadian minister seized by gunmen

13 Jul
1971: Death for Moroccan rebel leaders

13 Jan
1972: Ghana PM ousted in bloodless coup

09 Jul
1973: Bahamas' sun sets on British Empire

24 Sep
1976: White rule in Rhodesia to end

23 May
1977: Dutch children held hostage

01 Jun
1979: End of white rule in Rhodesia

23 Aug
1979: Kurdish revolt grows in Iran

27 Jan
1980: Exiled Mugabe returns to Rhodesia

04 Mar
1980: Mugabe to lead independent Zimbabwe

05 May
1980: SAS rescue ends Iran embassy siege

15 Oct
1987: Fiji one step closer to a republic

09 Oct
1988: Latvia cries freedom from Moscow

24 Nov
1989: New era for Czechoslovakia

03 May
1990: Latvia to declare independence

13 Jan
1991: Bloodshed at Lithuanian TV station

02 Mar
1991: Sri Lankan hardliner among 19 killed in blast

21 May
1991: Bomb kills India's former leader Rajiv Gandhi

22 Sep
1998: Thousands flee fighting in Kosovo

20 Sep
1999: UN force arrives in East Timor

06 Nov
1999: Australia rejects republic


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