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1980: Nine dead after Mount St Helens eruption
Nine people die following the massive eruption of Mount St Helens volcano in Washington State, USA.

2004: Angry dads hit Blair with purple flour
Security at the House of Commons comes under scrutiny after Fathers 4 Justice protesters attack the prime minister.

1986: South African raids wreck peace bid
South African troops attack Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana bringing to an end diplomatic efforts to bring a peaceful end to apartheid.

1974: Giscard d'Estaing voted French president
Valery Giscard d'Estaing is elected President of France, defeating socialist Francois Mitterrand.

1997: Labour to stub out tobacco sponsorship
The sponsorship of sports events by tobacco firms is to be outlawed, says Health Secretary Frank Dobson.


Around this Day

16 May
Top Story: 1943: Germans crush Jewish uprising

17 May
Top Story: 1943: RAF raid smashes German dams

18 May
Top Story: 1944: Monte Cassino falls to the Allies

20 May
Top Story: 1983: Car bomb in South Africa kills 16

21 May
Top Story: 1991: Bomb kills India's former leader Rajiv Gandhi

22 May
Top Story: 1981: Yorkshire Ripper jailed for life


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