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1977: Star Wars fever hits Britain.
Thousands of people flock to UK cinemas to watch the long-awaited blockbuster, Star Wars.


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1950 Derbyshire's Peak District became Britain’s first National Park.


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1918 The Sunday Express was published for the first time.


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1986: Coal mine canaries made redundant.
More than 200 canary birds are to be phased out of Britain's mining pits and replaced by hand-held gas detectors.


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1999: UK prepares to celebrate millennium.
Britain gears up to join a global party with a spectacular array of revelries to welcome in the third millennium.


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1973: Britain joins the EEC.
The United Kingdom becomes a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.


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1969: Murdoch wins Fleet Street foothold.
The Australian media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, beats off a rival bid to win control of the News of the World newspaper group. It is his first Fleet Street newspaper.


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1961. The production of the millionth Morris Minor.


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1967: Campbell killed during record attempt
Donald Campbell dies while attempting to break his own water speed record in his jet-powered boat, Bluebird K7.


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2001: Shipman 'may have killed hundreds'.
The former GP Harold Shipman may have killed more than 300 of his patients, a report reveals.


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The first episode of TV's Inspector Morse was broadcast. It was based in Oxford.


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1990: Leaning Tower of Pisa closed to public.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public for the first time in its history amid safety fears


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1959: De Gaulle becomes president.
General Charles de Gaulle is proclaimed first President of the new Fifth Republic in France during a brief ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris.


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1929 Alexander Fleming successfully treated his assistant Stuart Craddick’s infection with a penicillin broth, at St Mary’s, Paddington.


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1840 Sir Rowland Hill introduced the Penny Post to Britain. Mail was delivered at a standard charge rather than being paid by the recipient. On its first day, 112,000 letters were posted in London alone.


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