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1966: Coal tip buries children in Aberfan
Tragedy hits the Welsh village of Aberfan as a coal slag tip engulfs a school burying at least 130 people and injuring many more.

1952: Kenyatta arrested in security raid
The President of the Kenya African Union, Jomo Kenyatta, is arrested following the declaration of a state of emergency in the British colony of Kenya.

2001: Anthrax claims third victim in US
A post office worker in Washington becomes the third person to be diagnosed with anthrax.

1982: Sinn Fein triumph in elections
Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness make history as they become the first members of Sinn Fein to be elected to the Ulster Assembly.

1975: Herrema kidnappers under siege
Armed police are surrounding a house near Dublin where kidnapped businessman Tiede Herrema is being held captive.


Around this Day

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

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

23 October
Top Story: 1956: Hungarians rise up against Soviet rule

24 October
Top Story: 1945: United Nations Organisation is born


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