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1967: Supertanker Torrey Canyon hits rocks
The supertanker Torrey Canyon has run aground between Land's End and the Scilly Isles, leaking oil into the sea.

1979: Three die in Golborne mine blast
Three die and eight are seriously injured in an explosion at a colliery in Lancashire.

1974: Violent border clashes at Golan Heights
Two Israeli soldiers are killed and three others injured along the Golan Heights.

1992: South Africa votes for change
White South Africans back an overwhelming mandate for political reforms to end apartheid.

1950: Government falls as Belgians vote for king
The Belgian government collapses over a referendum on the return from exile of King Leopold III.

1982: Judge halts 'obscenity' trial
Charges of gross indecency brought by Mary Whitehouse against a National Theatre director end today after intervention by the Attorney-General.


Around this Day

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

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

17 March
Top Story: 1978: Civilians flee southern Lebanon

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

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

21 March
Top Story: 1960: Scores die in Sharpeville shoot-out


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