This week in his­tory

Cyprus Today - - OPINION -

Registry of­fi­cial vis­ited Keith Howe’s home 18 months af­ter he and his part­ner, Mar­ion But­ler, ap­plied for al­ter­na­tive ac­cess when they were de­nied ve­hi­cle en­try by their neigh­bour.

This week in 2013, trib­utes poured in for “a coura­geous” and “lovely” cen­te­nar­ian who stole the hearts of mil­lions with a world record paraglide. Mar­garet “Peggy” McAlpine died peace­fully in her Kara­man home, aged 106. The old­est over­seas mem­ber of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion (RBL) and the old­est life and hon­orary mem­ber of the Bri­tish Res­i­dents’ So­ci­ety (BRS), she left two daugh­ters, four grand­chil­dren and three great-grand­chil­dren.

This week in 2009, more than 50 court cases taken out against Gary Robb were post­poned af­ter his le­gal team quit. Ke­mal Şen­türkler, one of Robb’s for­mer de­fence team, claimed the failed prop­erty de­vel­oper had not been in con­tact with him since be­ing de­ported to Bri­tain to face se­ri­ous drugs charges. He added that he had not been paid for work on be­half of Robb, who was then on re­mand in Eng­land.

This week in 1998, the mi­nor­ity Com­mu­nial Lib­er­a­tion Party (TKP) was be­ing cast in the role of par­lia­men­tary power­bro­ker af­ter a gen­eral elec­tion surge left the Na­tional Unity Party (UBP) two seats short of an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity. While UBP seized 24 seats in the coun­try­wide polling, TKP won a 15.36 per cent share of the vote to send seven MPs to the TRNC Assem­bly.

On this very day, De­cem­ber 8, 1980, for­mer Bea­tle John Len­non was shot dead out­side his lux­ury New York apart­ment. The 40year-old was shot four times in the back by Mark Chap­man as he en­tered the Dakota, a lux­ury build­ing on Man­hat­tan’s Up­per West Side, op­po­site Cen­tral Park. Chap­man asked the for­mer Bea­tle for an au­to­graph just hours be­fore he laid in wait to kill him, it was re­ported.

On De­cem­ber 13, 1995, hun­dreds of black and white youths took to the streets of Brix­ton, in south Lon­don, to loot shops and burn cars af­ter the death of a black man in po­lice cus­tody. Three po­lice of­fi­cers were in­jured in the vi­o­lence, which con­tin­ued for five hours and led to 22 peo­ple be­ing charged with pub­lic order of­fences, theft and crim­i­nal dam­age.

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