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1980: Green light for breakfast television
A shake-up of broadcasting franchises paves the way for breakfast television.

2003: Britain gives go-ahead for 'sky marshals'
The British Government announces plans to tighten airline security by allowing armed guards on some British flights to the USA.

1993: Mafia link in cocaine haul
British customs officials seize 70m of Colombian cocaine thought to be linked to the Mafia.

1957: Foot-and-mouth shuts down abattoir
One of Britain's largest abattoirs closes down after foot-and-mouth disease is found in cattle waiting to be slaughtered.

1979: Tay Bridge rail disaster remembered
Passengers retrace a fatal journey on the 100th anniversary of a train plunging from the Tay Bridge into icy waters.


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31 December
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