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Space shuttle Challenger exploding 1986: Seven dead in space shuttle disaster

The American space shuttle Challenger explodes killing all seven astronauts on board.


Derek Bentley 1953: Derek Bentley hanged for murder
Teenager Derek Bentley is executed at Wandsworth Prison in London for his part in the murder of Pc Sidney Miles.

General Dozier 1982: US general rescued from Red Brigade
Italian police rescue US Brigadier General James Dozier who has been held hostage by the Red Brigade for 42 days.

Demonstrators 1990: Romanians call for government change
Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets to protest against the interim government of Ion Iliescu.

1968: Radiation alert following B-52 crash
A recovery team searches for wreckage from an American Air Force B-52 bomber armed with four hydrogen bombs.

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Top Story 1971: Idi Amin ousts Uganda president
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Top Story 1945: Auschwitz death camp liberated
Top Story 1996: France halts nuclear testing
Top Story 1972: Army kills 13 in civil rights protest
Top Story 2000: Life for serial killer Shipman
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