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1977: Hundreds dead in Tenerife plane crash
At least 560 people die when two jumbo jets collide on a runway in the popular holiday destination of Tenerife.

1980: North Sea platform collapses
At least 120 oil rig workers are feared dead as a North Sea accommodation platform collapses during gales.

1963: Railways to be slashed by a quarter
A far-reaching report giving the first full description of the state of the railways recommends the closure of large sections of the network.

1989: Millions of Russians go to the polls
Russian voters have gone to the polls - with early indications that many Communist candidates have been rejected by the electorate.

1994: Maiden flight for future fighter jet
The troubled European Fighter Aircraft makes its inaugural flight two years later than expected.


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Top Story: 1987: 30 hurt as car bomb hits Army base

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Top Story: 1989: Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster

25 March
Top Story: 1975: Saudi's King Faisal assassinated

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Top Story: 1979: Nuclear leak causes alarm in America

29 March
Top Story: 1971: Calley guilty of My Lai massacre

30 March
Top Story: 1981: President Reagan is shot


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