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1978: Civilians flee southern Lebanon
Thousands of Palestinian civilians flee a third day of Israeli attacks.

1957: BEA withdraws Viscount aircraft
British European Airways withdraws 25 Viscount 701s in the wake of the fatal Manchester aircrash.

1995: Killer Ronnie Kray dies
Notorious gangland killer Ronnie Kray dies in hospital two days after he collapses in his ward at Broadmoor.

1968: Anti-Vietnam demo turns violent
More than 200 people are arrested after thousands clash in an anti-Vietnam war protest outside the United States embassy in London.

1984: Boat race halted before starting
The 130th Boat Race is postponed less than an hour before it is due to start after the Cambridge vessel is involved in a collision.


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Top Story: 1991: Birmingham Six freed after 16 years

15 March
Top Story: 1990: Observer journalist executed in Iraq

16 March
Top Story: 1988: Three shot dead at Milltown Cemetery

18 March
Top Story: 1967: Supertanker Torrey Canyon hits rocks

19 March
Top Story: 1982: Argentine flag hoisted on S Georgia

20 March
Top Story: 2003: US launches missiles against Saddam


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