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1988: Jumbo jet crashes onto Lockerbie
A Pan Am jumbo jet with 258 passengers on board crashes on to the town of Lockerbie in Scotland - hundreds are feared dead.

1962: America to sell Polaris to Britain
President Kennedy and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan agree the UK will buy nuclear missiles from the US to form a multilateral Nato nuclear force.

2001: Terror alert as police seize cargo ship
Police storm a cargo ship in the English Channel after an intelligence tip-off.

1958: Easy victory for de Gaulle
General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France with an overwhelming majority.

1977: Firemen jeer TUC's pay snub
The TUC General Council narrowly votes to reject firemen's demands for a public campaign against a 10% limit on wage increases.


Around this Day

18 December
Top Story: 1974: Compensation for Bloody Sunday victims

19 December
Top Story: 1984: Britain signs over Hong Kong to China

20 December
Top Story: 1973: Spanish prime minister assassinated

22 December
Top Story: 1972: Survivors found 10 weeks after plane crash

23 December
Top Story: 1972: Earthquake wreaks devastation in Nicaragua

24 December
Top Story: 1962: Bay of Pigs prisoners fly to freedom


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