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1966: Double-agent breaks out of jail
One of Britain's most notorious double-agents, George Blake, escapes from prison in a daring break-out believed to have been masterminded by the Soviet Union.

1990: Aral Sea is 'world's worst disaster'
Scientists tell the Royal Geographical Society how irrigation has destroyed what was once the world's fourth largest fresh water sea.

1974: Bomb blast in London club
A bomb explodes in a restaurant near to where opposition leader Edward Heath is dining in London.

1983: CND march attracts biggest ever crowd
Thousands gather in London to support the CND in their protest over the use of nuclear missiles.

2001: UK braced for more flooding
The UK prepares for more rain in what are thought to be the worst floods for twenty years.


Around this Day

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

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

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

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

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

25 October
Top Story: 1983: US troops invade Grenada


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