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1952: Many die as three trains crash at Harrow
At least 85 people are killed in the UK's worst peacetime rail crash after three trains collide at Harrow and Wealdstone.

2003: The Terminator takes on California
Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California, ousting the incumbent, Gray Davis, three years before the end of his term of office.

2005: Powerful quake hits South Asia
Many hundreds of people die in Pakistan, north India and Afghanistan following a massive quake.

1987: Zeebrugge disaster was no accident
The coroner's inquest jury into the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise returns verdicts of unlawful killing.

1973: Commercial radio joins UK airwaves
Britain's first independent radio station begins broadcasting on VHF and medium wave.

1990: Britain's first full day in ERM
Hectic trading in the City marks Britain's first day as a full member of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) of the European Monetary System.


Around this Day

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

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

7 October
Top Story: 2001: US launches air strikes against Taleban

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

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

11 October
Top Story: 1976: China's 'Gang of Four' arrested


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