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Pandas, ‘indecent’ stamps and a stray torpedo: past headlines

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Hong Kong playing host to two giant cuddly creatures from Guangzhou and commemorative stamps in the United States featuring a naked baby Jesus made the headlines four decades ago this week.

December 3, 1978

● Hollywood actress Sophia Loren was convicted of currency smuggling by a court in Rome and fined the equivalent of HK$95 million while her film producer husband, Carlo Ponti, as the main defendant, was ordered to pay HK$166 million.

● About 430 relics dating back 1,000 years were found in a pagoda in China’s southwestern border province of Yunnan, the New China News Agency reported. The finds included Buddha statues made of bronze, gold, silver, porcelain and iron.

December 4, 1978

● As gender equality awareness rose, a number of Egyptian women instead preferred segregation for a reason. A congress on women and transport had asked for the return of harem compartments on buses and trains to protect female commuters from being accosted by men in crowded vehicles. Their request had been rejected.

● Urban terrorists set fire to the main computer in a Transport Ministry office in Rome causing millions of dollars in damage, police said. The attack was carried out by a group calling themselves the Armed Anti-Imperialist Movement. Thousands of files and microfilms representing more than 20........

© South China Morning Post