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1985: Fans killed in Bradford stadium fire
At least 52 people are known to have died and many are missing after fire engulfs Bradford City football stadium.

1998: India explodes nuclear controversy
The Indian government announces it has carried out a series of underground nuclear tests in a move which has shocked the world.

1963: Moscow jails British 'spy'
A British businessman accused of spying for the West is sentenced to eight years' detention by a Moscow tribunal.

1956: Gold Coast to get independence
Colonial Secretary Alan Lennox-Boyd announces the Gold Coast is to become the first black African nation to be granted independence from Britain.

1971: Britain's oldest tabloid closes
The Daily Sketch newspaper which was founded in 1909 has been published for the last time.


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12 May
Top Story: 1994: Labour leader John Smith dies at 55

13 May
Top Story: 1981: Thousands see Pope shot in Rome

14 May
Top Story: 1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact


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