September 13 – 60 years since Britain considered the Common Market

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Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and negotiator Edward Heath were both in favour of closer economic ties with Europe as Britain reassessed its international position in the post-war world. But it would be another decade before the UK joined the EEC.

69 years ago (1953) In the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev was appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party after a power struggle following the death of leader Joseph Stalin from a stroke the previous March.

Three years after winning power, Khrushchev denounced his predecessor’s brutal purges and foreign policy.

29 years ago (1993) Israel’s PM Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn after signing the Oslo Accords giving Palestine limited autonomy in the West Bank and Gaza.

It was hailed as a landmark moment but in reality, had minimal impact on peace in the region. 

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