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2001: US declares war on terror
The President of the United States describes the destruction caused in New York and Washington as an act of war against all freedom-loving people.

1977: Steve Biko dies in custody
The leader of the black consciousness movement in South Africa, Steve Biko, dies in police custody.

2005: England win the Ashes
England take the Ashes from Australia for the first time since 1987 after the "best ever" series.

1970: Hijacked jets destroyed by guerrillas
Palestinian militants blow up the three planes they have been holding at an airfield in the Jordanian desert.

1959: Soviets launch rocket at the Moon
A massive Russian rocket, carrying 860lb (391kg) of scientific instruments, is successfully launched at the Moon.

1997: Scots say 'Yes' to home rule
Scotland votes decisively for home rule in a referendum on how they want the country to be governed.

2003: Johnny Cash dies
One of the great legends of country music, Johnny Cash, dies after a short illness.


Around this Day

9 September
Top Story: 1971: British diplomat freed after eight months

10 September
Top Story: 1973: Bomb blasts rock central London

11 September
Top Story: 2001: US rocked by day of terror

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

14 September
Top Story: 1985: USSR expels 25 in tit-for-tat spy row

15 September
Top Story: 1940: Victory for RAF in Battle of Britain


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