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Events and Birthdays on 9 May

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Events on this day, 9 May

Major cities in China see their biggest demonstrations for years since the destruction by Nato bombs of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

Syria has hinted for the first time it may send in troops to halt the bloodshed in the slums of southern Beirut.

At least 18 demonstrators are shot dead and many wounded after police opened fire on anti-government protesters in El Salvador.

Twelve Israeli soldiers disguised as maintenance staff have stormed a hijacked Sabena Boeing at Lod airport in Tel Aviv and released the 100 people on board.

Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden refuses to give details about the disappearance of a naval diver during a goodwill visit by the Soviet leadership.

West Germany formally joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a special ceremony in Paris.

Birthdays on this day, 9 May

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