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Exxon Valdez 1989: Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster

An oil tanker, the Exxon Valdez, has run aground off the Alaskan coast, releasing crude oil into the sea.


The clean-up operation 1978: Tanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two
Violent seas split the wreck of the super tanker destroying any hopes of salvaging any remaining oil.

Queen Mary 1953: Queen Mary dies peacefully after illness
Her Majesty Queen Mary, the Queen's grandmother, dies in her sleep after a lengthy illness.

Ronnie Biggs 1981: Biggs rescued after kidnapping
Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs is rescued by Barbados police following his kidnapping.

View of Moon from Ranger 9 (picture courtesy Nasa) 1965: Millions watch space probe crash into Moon
Ranger 9 beams live pictures of the Moon to ordinary Americans as it hurtles down to crash on the surface.

1992: Punch ends 150 years of satire
Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, is to close after suffering crippling losses of 1.5m a year.
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Top Story 1960: Scores die in Sharpeville shoot-out
Top Story 1956: King convicted for bus boycott
Top Story 1987: 30 hurt as car bomb hits Army base
Top Story 1975: Saudi's King Faisal assassinated
Top Story 1979: Israel and Egypt shake hands on peace deal
Top Story 1977: Hundreds dead in Tenerife plane crash
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