10 October, 1991: the Chancellor of the Exchequer tells the Conservative Party conference that Britain is on its way out of the recession:

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'The green shoots of economic spring are appearing once again. The fruits of our policies are beginning to appear. . . . Soon I will be the first Chancellor in nearly a quarter of a century who will be able to stand before you and say that Britain has lower inflation than Germany.

'. . . The turn of the tide is sometimes difficult to discern. But it's clear that Britain is coming out of recession . . . that isn't just my opinion. It's the verdict of the International Monetary Fund and the Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Directors and numerous surveys of businessmen and consumers up and down the country. What we are seeing is the return of that vital ingredient: confidence.

'We are beating inflation now. Let's move on and beat unemployment too - not just for now, but permanently. For a country of low inflation is a country of low unemployment. . . . We've kept the pound strong and cut interest rates eight times while in Germany they have been rising.'

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Lord Cheshire, war hero and founder of the Cheshire homes for the disabled.

2 August, 1100: King William II killed in the New Forest while hunting.

1776: First signatures on the US Declaration of Independence.

1784: First specially constructed Royal Mail coach ran, from Bristol to London.

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1970: British Army fired rubber bullets for the first time, in Belfast.

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