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Sputnik satellite 1957: Sputnik satellite blasts into space

A Russian satellite has been launched into space - the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth's atmosphere.


Gaping hole between two blocks of flats 1992: El Al jumbo crashes in Amsterdam
An Israeli Boeing 747 cargo plane crashes in the outskirts of Amsterdam killing dozens of people.

US Blackhawk helicopter 1993: US forces killed in Somali gun battle
At least five US soldiers die and two Blackhawk helicopters are shot down in a firefight with Mogadishu warlords.

HST Intercity 125 - Picture courtesy of FreeFoto.com 1976: New train speeds into service
British Rail begins its new 125mph Intercity 'High Speed Train' service today.

Asian man in Smethwick interviewed about the service 1965: Immigrants feel at home with BBC
The BBC announces it will begin broadcasting a new programme for immigrants from next week.

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Top Story 1962: Mississippi race riots over first black student
Top Story 1993: Hardline Communists riot in Moscow
Top Story 1995: OJ Simpson verdict: 'Not guilty'
Top Story 1968: Londonderry march ends in violence
Top Story 1981: Egypt's President Sadat assassinated
Top Story 2001: US launches air strikes against Taleban
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