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1989: Guildford Four released after 15 years
The Guildford Four are released after the Court of Appeal quashes their convictions.

2004: British aid worker kidnapped in Iraq
A senior aid worker for Care International, Margaret Hassan, is kidnapped on her way to work in Iraq.

1987: Shares plunge after Wall Street crash
The UK stock market bottoms out after shares on Wall Street plummet following a wave of panic selling.

1954: 'Metal fatigue' caused Comet crashes
The first day of the public inquiry into the crashes of two Comet airliners within months of each other hears that metal fatigue is the most likely cause.

1977: Kidnapped German found dead
The body of kidnapped businessman Hanns-Martin Schleyer is found in the boot of a car in France.


Around this Day

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

17 October
Top Story: 1989: Earthquake hits San Francisco

18 October
Top Story: 1989: East Germany leader ousted

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

21 October
Top Story: 1966: Coal tip buries children in Aberfan

22 October
Top Story: 1966: Double-agent breaks out of jail


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