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Wave hits Hat Rai Lay Beach in Thailand 2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami

Sea surges triggered by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean kill over 10,000 people in southern Asia, with many more feared dead.


Pan Am flight wreckage 1988: First clue to Lockerbie crash found
Crash investigators uncover wreckage which may hold the key to the Lockerbie air disaster.

Salman Rushdie and his book The Satanic Verses 1990: Iranian leader upholds Rushdie fatwa
Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said the death sentence on writer Salman Rushdie for alleged blasphemy will remain in force.

Placard reads PF with image of a gun 1979: Joy as guerrillas fly in to Rhodesia
A group of Patriotic Front guerrillas receive a joyous welcome as they arrive back in Rhodesia to help monitor the ceasefire.

1970: 'Golden girl' of British athletics dies
British Olympic medallist Lillian Board MBE has died after losing her battle against a virulent form of cancer.

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Top Story 1972: Earthquake wreaks devastation in Nicaragua
Top Story 1962: Bay of Pigs prisoners fly to freedom
Top Story 1989: Romania's 'first couple' executed
Top Story 1965: Sea Gem oil rig collapses
Top Story 1980: Green light for breakfast television
Top Story 1998: Six die as huge waves smash into yachts
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