February 24 – On this day – 63 years since Cyprus Black Pact unveiled

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We also covered PM Harold Macmillan’s historic meeting with Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow. We said the pair were in an “informal mood” at a dinner party at the British Embassy. Macmillan cancelled his planned hunting trip to hold private talks in what would prove to be a very brief thaw in the Cold War.

51 years ago (1971)

Home Secretary Reginald Maudling announced Commonwealth citizens would lose their automatic right to remain in the UK under new immigration rules due to come into effect on January 1, 1972. Campaign groups warned the new rules would increase racial tensions.

23 years ago (1999)

The Macpherson Report into the racist murder of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence in Eltham, south London, branded the Metropolitan Police “institutionally racist” and criticised the officers
who conducted the original investigation. Stephen’s mother Doreen, now Baroness Lawrence, claimed the report merely “scratched the surface”.

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