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1973: Bomb blasts rock central London
Scotland Yard hunts a teenage suspect after two bombs at mainline stations injure 13 people and bring chaos to central London.

2000: Daring rescue frees jungle hostages
One British paratrooper is killed and 11 injured during a bold mission to rescue six hostages being held in the Sierra Leonean jungle.

1988: BBC presenters in helicopter crash
The television presenters Mike Smith and Sarah Greene are seriously injured in a helicopter crash in Gloucestershire.

1973: Big Biba opens its doors
Fashionable Biba opens a huge department store in London's Kensington High Street offering everything from trendy clothes to designer furniture and a food hall.

1963: American Express comes to Britain
American Express, one of the world's largest banking houses, opens a credit card service in Britain.


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Top Story: 2001: US declares war on terror

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Top Story: 1993: Rabin and Arafat shake on peace deal


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