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Wreckage of Air Lanka Tristar at Colombo airport 1986: Bomb kills 21 in Sri Lanka

A lethal bomb explodes on an Air Lanka passenger jet at Colombo's airport leaving 21 dead and 41 injured. The finger of blame points to the Tamil Tigers.


1968: Surgeons conduct UK's first heart transplant
The first heart transplant in Britain is carried out at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London.

King George 1951: King George opens Festival of Britain
The King inaugurates the Festival of Britain at a service in St Paul's Cathedral and later attends a concert at the new Royal Festival Hall on London's south bank.

Werner Seifert and Don Cruickshank shake hands 2000: Leading stock exchanges plan merger
The London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse confirm they are to merge, creating the world's second largest stock market.

Latvians demonstrate against Soviet Communist Party 1990: Latvia to declare independence
Members of the Soviet Republic's new parliament meet to discuss breaking away from the USSR.

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