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1991: Bomb kills India's former leader Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi, the former Indian prime minister, is assassinated in a bomb attack in Tamil Nadu.

1961: Freedom Riders spark Montgomery riots
Martial law is imposed in the town of Montgomery, Alabama, after violent racial clashes.

1966: Cooper loses to world champ Clay
American Cassius Clay beats Britain's Henry Cooper in the sixth round at the Arsenal football ground, North London.

1950: Tornado sweeps southern England
Two people die and more are injured as violent storms and a tornado sweep through counties around London.

1958: Trunk dialling heralds cheaper calls
Automated telephone connection making calls easier and cheaper will be introduced in December.


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

19 May
Top Story: 1980: Nine dead after Mount St Helens eruption

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

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

23 May
Top Story: 1998: Leaders welcome 'yes' vote for N Ireland

24 May
Top Story: 2001: Israel wedding party tragedy


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