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Events and Birthdays on 11 November

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Events on this day, 11 November

Yasser Arafat dies in hospital in Paris, aged 75, bringing to an end more than 40 years of rule over the Palestinian people.

At least 150 skiers, many of them children, die in an intense fire on board a funicular railway in the Austrian Alps.

The Church of England's parliament votes by a narrow margin to allow women to be ordained as priests.

A painting by Vincent Van Gogh is sold for $49m (?27m) - a world record for a work of art.

The southern African state of Angola gains its independence from former colonial power Portugal.

The Rhodesian Government, led by Prime Minister Ian Smith, illegally severs its links with the British Crown.

Thousands of elderly people take part in a rally in London calling for an increase in their pensions.

Birthdays on this day, 11 November

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