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Sea Gem - photo courtesy of Dukes Wood Oil Museum 1965: Sea Gem oil rig collapses

Four men are dead and nine are still missing after Britain's first North Sea drilling rig capsizes.


Vienna airport 1985: Gunmen kill 16 at two European airports
At least 16 people are killed and more than 100 injured during twin terrorist attacks in Rome and Vienna.

Billy Wright 1997: Loyalist leader murdered in prison
A leading protestant paramilitary, Billy Wright, is shot dead at the maximum security Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) onboard the Death Star in the film Star Wars 1977: Star Wars fever hits Britain
Thousands of people flock to UK cinemas to watch the long-awaited blockbuster, Star Wars.

Viktor Yushchenko (copyright: AP) 2004: Yushchenko wins Ukraine election re-run
Ukraine's "orange revolutionaries" celebrate as opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko is declared winner of the presidential election.

1960: France explodes third atomic bomb
The French move a step closer to developing a compact nuclear bomb after a third test in the Sahara desert.
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Top Story 2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami
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Top Story 1998: Six die as huge waves smash into yachts
Top Story 1994: Gunman kills two women at abortion clinic
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