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F-14 Tomcat launching from a US aircraft carrier 2001: US launches air strikes against Taleban

The United States launches its military offensive against al-Qaeda and the Taleban in Afghanistan.

Achille Lauro 1985: Gunmen hijack Italian cruise liner
Palestinian militants hijack the Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean and threaten to blow it up.

Ken Bigley behind bars 2004: British hostage feared dead in Iraq
Fears are growing for the British hostage, Kenneth Bigley, abducted three weeks ago in Iraq.

Southend Pier on fire 1959: Southend Pier fire traps hundreds
Three hundred people are rescued after being cut off by a blaze on the world's longest pleasure pier on England's south-east coast.

Pair of Swedish twins 1977: Invasion of Swedish identical twins
Ninety sets of Swedish identical twins travel to Felixstowe for a brief shopping trip.

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