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2001: US launches air strikes against Taleban
The United States launches its military offensive against al-Qaeda and the Taleban in Afghanistan.

1985: Gunmen hijack Italian cruise liner
Palestinian militants hijack the Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean and threaten to blow it up.

2004: British hostage feared dead in Iraq
Fears are growing for the British hostage, Kenneth Bigley, abducted three weeks ago in Iraq.

1959: Southend Pier fire traps hundreds
Three hundred people are rescued after being cut off by a blaze on the world's longest pleasure pier on England's south-east coast.

1977: Invasion of Swedish identical twins
Ninety sets of Swedish identical twins travel to Felixstowe for a brief shopping trip.


Around this Day

4 October
Top Story: 1992: El Al jumbo crashes in Amsterdam

5 October
Top Story: 1968: Londonderry march ends in violence

6 October
Top Story: 1981: Egypt's President Sadat assassinated

8 October
Top Story: 1952: Many die as three trains crash at Harrow

9 October
Top Story: 1988: Latvia cries freedom from Moscow

10 October
Top Story: 1980: Thousands feared dead in Algerian quake


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