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1988: Piper Alpha oil rig ablaze
An out-of-control fire on a North Sea oil rig is feared to have claimed the lives of most of those on board.

1978: Eleven die in sleeper train inferno
A blaze on the Penzance to Paddington sleeper train leaves 11 dead and 17 injured.

2005: London to host 2012 Olympics
The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, the International Olympic Committee announces.

1997: Mars buggy starts exploring Red Planet
Nasa scientists free a robot from space probe Mars Pathfinder, allowing it to begin exploring the Red Planet.

1992: Riot police confront French truckers
The French Government mobilises the army and police to remove the lorries blocking the nation's major roads.

1952: London's trams trundle into history
After nearly a century of service the tram has made its final appearance in London.

2000: Prime Minister's son arrested for drunkenness
The Prime Minister Tony Blair's eldest son, Euan, is arrested for being drunk and incapable.


Around this Day

3 July
Top Story: 1988: US warship shoots down Iranian airliner

4 July
Top Story: 1976: Israelis rescue Entebbe hostages

5 July
Top Story: 1981: Police attacked in Liverpool riots

7 July
Top Story: 2005: Bomb attacks on London

8 July
Top Story: 1996: Seven slashed in school machete attack

9 July
Top Story: 1982: Queen fends off bedroom intruder


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