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1955: Le Mans disaster claims 77 lives
Seventy-seven people are killed and 77 others injured when a racing car spins off the track and into the crowd.

1998: UN warns of famine in Sudan
More than a million people in Sudan are facing starvation, prompting the United Nations to declare an official famine in the region.

1959: Hovercraft marks new era in transport
The Hovercraft invented by Christopher Cockerell is officially launched in Southampton.

1987: Thatcher wins record third term
Margaret Thatcher declares she is "raring to go" as she wins a record third term as prime minister.

1976: Mercenaries trial begins in Angola
The trial of 13 mercenaries - 10 of them British - begins in Angola with the public still in the dark over the exact charges.

1968: French student rebel arrives in UK
French student rebel leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit arrives in Britain stirring up fears of campus unrest.


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8 June
Top Story: 1982: Fifty die in Argentine air attack

9 June
Top Story: 1970: King Hussein escapes gunman's bullet

10 June
Top Story: 1967: Israel ends six-day war

12 June
Top Story: 1975: Gandhi found guilty of corruption

13 June
Top Story: 1967: Moscow calls for UN action against Israel

14 June
Top Story: 1940: German troops enter Paris


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