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1989: Earthquake hits San Francisco
A powerful earthquake rocks San Francisco killing nine people and injuring hundreds.

2000: Four dead in Hatfield rail crash
Four people are killed when a high speed passenger train derails in Hatfield, just north of London.

1980: Pope welcomes Queen to the Vatican
The Queen makes the first state visit to the Vatican by a British monarch and is received by the Pope.

1968: Black athletes make silent protest
Two black Americans make history at the Mexico Olympics with a silent protest against racial discrimination.

1978: Grey seal cull dramatically reduced
Public pressure leads ministers to reduce the number of grey seals to be culled in Scotland.


Around this Day

14 October
Top Story: 1994: Israelis and Arafat share peace prize

15 October
Top Story: 1969: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium

16 October
Top Story: 1996: Handguns to be banned in the UK

18 October
Top Story: 1989: East Germany leader ousted

19 October
Top Story: 1989: Guildford Four released after 15 years

20 October
Top Story: 1967: Thousands join anti-war movement


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