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Silhouetted firefighters against blazing building 1968: United States erupts in race violence

Dozens of major cities in the United States are rocked by an escalation in the race riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King.

Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana 1994: Rwanda presidents' plane 'shot down'
The presidents of the African states of Rwanda and Burundi are killed in a plane crash believed to have been caused by rocket fire.

Space shuttle Columbia (copyright: AP) 1997: Fault cuts short space shuttle mission
Nasa brings home the space shuttle Columbia 12 days early amid fears over a defective fuel cell.

Vietnamese child at Heathrow 1975: 'Operation Babylift' lands in UK
A plane carrying 99 Vietnamese orphans has landed at Heathrow airport.

Dock workers 1989: Dockers' 'jobs for life' scrapped
The government has announced it is to abolish legislation which guarantees work for more than 9,000 dockers.

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