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Burnt out wreck of plane 1977: Hundreds dead in Tenerife plane crash

At least 560 people die when two jumbo jets collide on a runway in the popular holiday destination of Tenerife.

Gales put lives of 120 oil rig workers in jeopardy 1980: North Sea platform collapses
At least 120 oil rig workers are feared dead as a North Sea accommodation platform collapses during gales.

Railway 1963: Railways to be slashed by a quarter
A far-reaching report giving the first full description of the state of the railways recommends the closure of large sections of the network.

Flag of the former Soviet Union or USSR 1989: Millions of Russians go to the polls
Russian voters have gone to the polls - with early indications that many Communist candidates have been rejected by the electorate.

European Fighter Aircraft is tested 1994: Maiden flight for future fighter jet
The troubled European Fighter Aircraft makes its inaugural flight two years later than expected.

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Top Story 1975: Saudi's King Faisal assassinated
Top Story 1979: Nuclear leak causes alarm in America
Top Story 1971: Calley guilty of My Lai massacre
Top Story 1981: President Reagan is shot
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