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1814: Britain and its allies entered Paris in triumph against Napoleon Bonaparte. 1842: Ether was used as an anaesthetic for the first time, by American surgeon Dr Crawford Long.

1856: The Crimean War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. 1867: Alaska was bought by America from Russia for 7.2 million dollars - less than two cents an acre. 1964: The seaside resort of Clacton was the scene of pitched battles by gangs of mods and rockers.

1972: The Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act came into force decreeing direct rule from London and prompting the resignation of then prime minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner.

1979: The people of Iran voted overwhelmingly in favour of establishing an Islamic Republic in a two-day referendum. 1981: US president Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination bid outside Washington's Hilton Hotel.

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Date:Mar 30, 2016
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