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2004: Many die as bombs destroy Madrid trains
At least 170 people are killed after powerful explosions tear through three Madrid train stations during the morning rush-hour.

1985: Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader
There is a new man in charge at the Kremlin - Mikhail Gorbachev takes over following the death of Konstantin Chernenko.

1955: Farewell to scientist who discovered penicillin
Sir Alexander Fleming - the man who first discovered the life-saving drug penicillin - dies of a heart attack.

1977: Roman Polanski charged with rape
French film director Roman Polanski is charged with raping a 13-year- old girl in Hollywood.

1974: 'Anti-IRA spies' break out of jail
Two self-proclaimed British Government spies have escaped from a top-security prison in Ireland where they were serving sentences for armed robbery.

2001: Big rise in new cases of foot-and-mouth
It is the worst day for new foot-and-mouth cases since the disease was first diagnosed two weeks ago


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Top Story: 1985: Beirut car bomb kills dozens

9 March
Top Story: 1967: Stalin's daughter defects to the West

10 March
Top Story: 1969: Martin Luther King's killer gets life

12 March
Top Story: 1993: Bombay hit by devastating bombs

13 March
Top Story: 1996: Massacre in Dunblane school gym

14 March
Top Story: 1991: Birmingham Six freed after 16 years


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