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1965: Sea Gem oil rig collapses
Four men are dead and nine are still missing after Britain's first North Sea drilling rig capsizes.

1985: Gunmen kill 16 at two European airports
At least 16 people are killed and more than 100 injured during twin terrorist attacks in Rome and Vienna.

1997: Loyalist leader murdered in prison
A leading protestant paramilitary, Billy Wright, is shot dead at the maximum security Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

1977: Star Wars fever hits Britain
Thousands of people flock to UK cinemas to watch the long-awaited blockbuster, Star Wars.

2004: Yushchenko wins Ukraine election re-run
Ukraine's "orange revolutionaries" celebrate as opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko is declared winner of the presidential election.

1960: France explodes third atomic bomb
The French move a step closer to developing a compact nuclear bomb after a third test in the Sahara desert.


Around this Day

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

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

26 December
Top Story: 2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami

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

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

30 December
Top Story: 1994: Gunman kills two women at abortion clinic


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