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Piper Alpha oilrig ablaze 1988: Piper Alpha oil rig ablaze

An out-of-control fire on a North Sea oil rig is feared to have claimed the lives of most of those on board.

Photograph of the fire-damaged Penzance to Paddington sleeper 1978: Eleven die in sleeper train inferno
A blaze on the Penzance to Paddington sleeper train leaves 11 dead and 17 injured.

Celebrations in Trafalfar Square 2005: London to host 2012 Olympics
The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, the International Olympic Committee announces.

Sojourner rover stuck on airbag (picture: Nasa) 1997: Mars buggy starts exploring Red Planet
Nasa scientists free a robot from space probe Mars Pathfinder, allowing it to begin exploring the Red Planet.

Photograph of lorry convoy French motorway 1992: Riot police confront French truckers
The French Government mobilises the army and police to remove the lorries blocking the nation's major roads.

1952: London's trams trundle into history
After nearly a century of service the tram has made its final appearance in London.

2000: Prime Minister's son arrested for drunkenness
The Prime Minister Tony Blair's eldest son, Euan, is arrested for being drunk and incapable.
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