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Photo of Buddy Holly and the Crickets 1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash

Three young rock 'n' roll stars, including 22-year-old singer Buddy Holly, die when their plane crashes in the United States.


Harold Macmillan 1960: Macmillan speaks of 'wind of change' in Africa
Harold Macmillan outrages South African politicians with a speech warning of the "wind of change" in Africa.

Pope and Mother Teresa - Calcutta 1986 1986: Pope and Mother Teresa feed the sick
The Pope meets Mother Teresa in Calcutta and visits her home for the sick and dying.

Rescuers at the scene of cable car crash in the Dolomites 1998: Military jet causes cable car tragedy
A Nato aircraft kills 20 people at an Italian ski resort by severing their cable car line.

Luna 9 1966: Soviets land probe on Moon
The Soviet Union makes the first controlled landing of a space probe on the Moon, but refuses to release the pictures it sends back.

1988: Nurses protest for better pay
Nurses across the UK take part in a day of industrial action to secure more money for themselves and the NHS.

1978: Sadat in US for Mid East talks
Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat arrives in Washington DC to discuss the Middle East peace process with US President Jimmy Carter.
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