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1979: Nuclear leak causes alarm in America
Radioactive steam leaks into the atmosphere at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania prompting fears for the safety of the plant's 500 workers.

1991: Family anger at Hillsborough verdict
A jury returns a verdict of accidental death at the end of the inquest of 95 Liverpool football fans crushed to death in Sheffield.

1965: Thousands join Dr King in Alabama rally
Martin Luther King leads protests to the steps of the state capital of Montgomery in Alabama.

1979: Early election as Callaghan defeated
Prime Minister James Callaghan loses a parliamentary vote of confidence by a minority of one - forcing him to call an early general election.

1983: Macgregor named as coal boss
Ian Macgregor, leader of the British Steel Corporation is named as the new chairman of the National Coal Board.


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Top Story: 1989: Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster

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

27 March
Top Story: 1977: Hundreds dead in Tenerife plane crash

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

30 March
Top Story: 1981: President Reagan is shot

31 March
Top Story: 1966: Harold Wilson wins sweeping victory


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