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Events and Birthdays on 26 April

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Events on this day, 26 April

Syria says it has pulled all its troops out of Lebanon after 29 years as a military band sees off the last soldiers.

The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, witnesses nine people being caught attempting to illegally enter the UK as he inspects immigration procedures in Dover.

The government announces the recession is over after new figures show growth in the economy for the first time in over two years.

US President Ronald Reagan lands in China at the start of a six-day state visit, the first by an American president since 1972.

Party members vote by almost 2-1 to leave the EEC, underlining the deep divisions over the issue of Europe.

The American Moon rocket Ranger IV lands on the far side of the Moon but fails to send back pictures due a technical fault.

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