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Events and Birthdays on 1 July

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Events on this day, 1 July

International space probe Cassini-Huygens reaches Saturn and sends back the closest photographs yet of the planet's rings.

Millionaire novelist Ken Follett levels scathing personal criticism at Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Hong Kong is handed back to the Chinese authorities - ending more than 150 years of British control.

The chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, returns to the Gaza Strip after 27 years in exile.

One of the City's top investment bankers receives the first conviction for insider dealing since it became illegal.

Former Foreign Office official Harold Philby is confirmed as the "third man" in the Burgess and Maclean case.

Birthdays on this day, 1 July

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