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November 1983
Cruise missiles arrive
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May 1982
The aftermath of one of hundreds of evictions
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March 1982
250 women blockade the base
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December 1983
Greenham Common women occupy the House of Commons
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January 1983
Protesters' property seized by Newbury District Council
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Wednesday, 10 November, 1999, 17:46 GMT
Timeline: key points

The Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp carried out huge numbers of demonstrations. Hundreds of arrests were made and the resultant court action was often complicated and controversial. BBC News Online looks at some of the key points from the camp's 19 year history.

September 1981:
The Women for Life on Earth march reaches Greenham Common to protest about NATO's decision to site cruise missiles at Greenham Common.

March 1982:
The first blockade of the base is staged by 250 women and 34 arrests are made.

May 1982:
The first eviction of the peace camp takes place and four arrests are made as bailiffs and police move in an attempt to clear the women and their possessions from the site. The camp re-locates.

December 1982:
30,000 women join hands to 'embrace the base'.

January 1983:
Newbury District Council revokes the common land byelaws for Greenham Common. It makes itself private landlord for the site and starts court proceedings to reclaim eviction costs from women whose address is given on the electoral role as the peace camp. Byelaws restricting access to the camp were ruled illegal by the house of lords in 1990.

November 1983
The first of the cruise missiles arrives at Greenham Common airbase. A total of 95 missiles are to follow in the coming months.

April 1983:
70,000 CND supporters form a 14-mile human chain linking Burghfield, Aldermaston and Greenham. 200 women dressed as furry animals enter the base to stage a protest picnic.

December 1983:
50,000 women encircle the base, holding up mirrors. Parts of the fence are brought down and hundreds of arrests are made.


Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty - the first agreement between the two powers to actually reduce weaponry. It spelt the end for the Cruise missile and similar Soviet weapons in eastern Europe.

Supporters of the Reagan administration, dismissing the role of the peace campaigners, hailed the Treaty as a victory for the president's "zero option" of 1981.

At that time, President Reagan sanctioned building up nuclear forces in western Europe until both sides would agree to remove all of their respective intermediate weapons.

August 1989:
The first cruise missile leaves Greenham Common.

March 1991

The US completes removal of all Greenham Common Cruise missiles and the Soviet Union makes reciprocal reductions to its stockpiles in Warsaw Pact countries under the INF treaty.

In total, 2,692 weapons are eliminated - 846 US missiles based across Western Europe and 1,846 Soviet missiles across Eastern Europe.

30 September 1992:
The American airforce leaves Greenham Common.

1 January 2000:
Peace campaigners plan to welcome in the new millennium in Greenham, and then the women still living at Greenham plan to leave.

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