23rd December

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1986 Andrei Sakharov returns to Moscow After almost seven years in internal exile, prominent dissident Andrei Sakharov returns to Moscow
1972 Earthquake devastates Nicaragua An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale and lasting two hours devastates the Nicaraguan capital Managua. Ten thousand people are feared dead and 80% of the buildings are destroyed.
1964 Richard Beeching to leave The government announces that Dr Richard Beeching is to leave the British Railways Board and return to ICI.
1956 British and French forces leave Suez British and French forces withdraw from Port Said and Port Fuad and are replaced by United Nations Emergency Force ending the Suez Crisis.
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