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1945: United Nations Organisation is born
Allies of World War II ratify the UN Charter at a ceremony in Washington DC.

2001: Swiss tunnel ablaze after head-on crash
At least 10 people die after two lorries crash head-on and catch fire inside the Gotthard road tunnel in Switzerland.

1983: Nilsen 'strangled and mutilated' victims
Civil servant Dennis Nilsen goes on trial accused of six murders and two attempted murders.

2003: End of an era for Concorde
The legendary supersonic aircraft, Concorde, makes its last commercial passenger flight amid emotional scenes at Heathrow airport

1986: UK cuts links with Syria over bomb plot
The UK government has broken off diplomatic relations with Syria following revelations of official complicity in Nezar Hindawi's plot to blow up an El Al airliner.


Around this Day

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

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

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

25 October
Top Story: 1983: US troops invade Grenada

26 October
Top Story: 1994: Israel and Jordan make peace

27 October
Top Story: 1978: Gunman runs amok in West Midlands


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