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1991: Last ditch efforts to avoid Gulf War
The United Nations Secretary General is leaving shortly for Baghdad in a final diplomatic effort to avoid war against Iraq.

1954: Comet jet crashes with 35 on board
Thirty-five people are missing, feared dead, after a BOAC Comet jet airliner crashes into the Mediterranean.

1985: Gas blast kills eight in Putney
Eight people die and dozens are injured when an explosion destroys a block of exclusive flats in south-west London.

1979: 'No chaos here' declares Callaghan
The Prime Minister, James Callaghan, flies back into strike-torn Britain denying allegations the country is in chaos.

1985: Safety concerns over electronic trike
An electric tricycle, capable of a top speed of 15 mph, drives into a safety row on its first day on the road.

1996: King of Jordan in historic Tel Aviv visit
King Hussein of Jordan makes his first public visit to Israel's largest city as relations between the two countries warm.

1957: Macmillan becomes Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan accepts the Queen's invitation to become prime minister following the sudden resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.

1969: Civil rights protesters defiant
Civil rights leaders in Northern Ireland defy police orders and refuse to abandon their planned march through Newry in County Down.


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