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1968: United States erupts in race violence
Dozens of major cities in the United States are rocked by an escalation in the race riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King.

1994: Rwanda presidents' plane 'shot down'
The presidents of the African states of Rwanda and Burundi are killed in a plane crash believed to have been caused by rocket fire.

1997: Fault cuts short space shuttle mission
Nasa brings home the space shuttle Columbia 12 days early amid fears over a defective fuel cell.

1975: 'Operation Babylift' lands in UK
A plane carrying 99 Vietnamese orphans has landed at Heathrow airport.

1989: Dockers' 'jobs for life' scrapped
The government has announced it is to abolish legislation which guarantees work for more than 9,000 dockers.


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3 April
Top Story: 1996: 'Unabomber' suspect arrested

4 April
Top Story: 1968: Martin Luther King shot dead

5 April
Top Story: 1986: Berlin disco bombed

7 April
Top Story: 1978: Carter delays N-bomb production

8 April
Top Story: 1953: Seven years' hard labour for Kenyatta

9 April
Top Story: 2003: Saddam statue topples with regime


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