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Day By Day : August 18 - 24

August 18 1968

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Broadcast: August 18, 2008, 3mins Opposition to the Pope's ruling against artificial birth control mounts; in the US segregationist Lester Maddox joins the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination; there's outrage in London over the new Victoria Underground Line.

August 19 1968

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Broadcast: August 19, 2008, 3mins Two planes collide over the busy Norfolk town of Holt; 1600 women from 34 countries attend the International Business Women's Congress; and have scientists found a solution to the Biafran famine?

August 20 1968

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Broadcast: August 20, 2008, 3mins Federal troops approach the Biafran stronghold of Aba; meanwhile war game enthusiasts gather in London. At 11pm Soviet troops begin their invasion of Czechoslovakia.

August 21 1968

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Broadcast: August 21, 2008, 3mins Czechoslovakia wakes to the news that Soviet troops are occupying its major cities; Radio Prague broadcasts news of the invasion to the world; in London Russian virtuoso Rostropovich performs the cello concerto by Czech composer Dvorak.

August 22 1968

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Broadcast: August 22, 2008, 3mins Demonstrations take place in London as opposition to the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia mounts; the first reports from Prague in English are heard; and Ringo Starr walks out on the Beatles.

August 23 1968

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Broadcast: August 23, 2008, 3mins Czechoslovak workers strike in protest against the Soviet invasion; meanwhile Soviet troops seem confused about where they are. At the Czech border reporters bump into Shirley Temple.

August 24 1968

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Broadcast: August 24, 2008, 3mins Concern grows over the whereabouts of Czechoslovak leader Dubcek; France explodes its first H bomb in the South Pacific; at Crystal Palace runner Ron Clarke beats his two-mile record.

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