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2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami
Sea surges triggered by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean kill over 10,000 people in southern Asia, with many more feared dead.

1988: First clue to Lockerbie crash found
Crash investigators uncover wreckage which may hold the key to the Lockerbie air disaster.

1990: Iranian leader upholds Rushdie fatwa
Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said the death sentence on writer Salman Rushdie for alleged blasphemy will remain in force.

1979: Joy as guerrillas fly in to Rhodesia
A group of Patriotic Front guerrillas receive a joyous welcome as they arrive back in Rhodesia to help monitor the ceasefire.

1970: 'Golden girl' of British athletics dies
British Olympic medallist Lillian Board MBE has died after losing her battle against a virulent form of cancer.


Around this Day

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

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

25 December
Top Story: 1989: Romania's 'first couple' executed

27 December
Top Story: 1965: Sea Gem oil rig collapses

28 December
Top Story: 1980: Green light for breakfast television

29 December
Top Story: 1998: Six die as huge waves smash into yachts


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