This day in history | 1986 Branson on course for Blue Riband

Entrepreneur Richard Branson has set off on his second attempt to claim the transatlantic crossing record for Britain. Mr Branson and his team left New York at dawn on their 72

This day in history | 1986 Prince Andrew weds Sarah Ferguson

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have married at Westminster Abbey. Thousands of people lined the streets of London and a worldwide TV audience of 500 million tuned in to catch a

This day in history | 1977 Deng Xiaoping back in power

The disgraced deputy Prime Minister of China, Deng Xiaoping, is to return to Chinese Government. The Chinese Communist Party conference has restored him to the offices of Vice Premier of the

This day in history | 1969 Man takes first steps on the Moon

American Neil Armstrong has become the first man to walk on the Moon. The astronaut stepped onto the Moon’s surface, in the Sea of Tranquility, at 0256 GMT, nearly 20 minutes

This day in history | 1944 Hitler survives assassination attempt

Adolf Hitler has escaped death after a bomb exploded at 1242 local time at his headquarters in Rastenberg, East Prussia. The German News Agency broke the news from Hitler’s headquarters, known

This day in history | 1983 Flesh-eating dinosaur resurrected

Group leader and head of the Dinosaur Department at the Natural History Museum Dr Alan Charig explained: “It is a totally new species of dinosaur. Even more important, this is

This day in history | 1969 Apollo 11 takes off for the Moon

The Apollo 11 space rocket has taken off successfully from Cape Kennedy, Florida, at the start of the first attempt to land a man on the Moon. An estimated one million

This day in history | 1997 Versace murdered on his doorstep

Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace has been shot dead on the steps of his Miami mansion. The incident happened shortly before 0900 local time (1400 GMT) as the 50-year-old designer returned

This day in history | 1991: UK forces withdraw from Kurdish haven

British troops protecting the Kurdish population in Iraq have begun to pull out of the region. They had been part of a western relief effort - Operation Haven - to re-settle

This day in history | 1993 Green light for Manchester Olympics

Officials in Manchester bidding to hold the 2000 Olympic Games have been told their chances are “very, very high”. The President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, was speaking

This day in history | 990 Yeltsin resignation splits Soviet Communists

The resignation has also led to a declaration from the small but influential radical reform group Democratic Platform that they would also break away. The split leaves Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

This day in history | 2001 Scientists discover why we are here

A Californian University has thrown more light on why the Big Bang works after nearly 40 years of world-wide research. Most scientists accept that the universe began with the Big Bang

This day in history | 2003 Conjoined twins die in separation op

Conjoined Iranian twins who volunteered to go ahead with a major operation to separate them have both died during surgery. Laleh and Ladan Bijani suffered a fatal loss of blood within

This day in history | 2005 Bomb attacks on London

A series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others. Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead and two died

This day in history | 2005 Bomb attacks on London

A series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others. Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead and two died

This day in history | 1954 BBC launches daily TV news

The BBC has broadcast its first daily television news programme. The 20-minute bulletin was introduced by Richard Baker as an “Illustrated summary of the news... Followed by the latest film of

This day in history | 1992 IRA murders ‘informers’

The IRA has admitted killing the three men found by the army at different roadsides in South Armagh last night. They claim the men were informers for MI5 and the Royal

This day in history | 1997 Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control

Hong Kong has been handed back to the Chinese authorities - ending more than 150 years of British control. The British flag was lowered over Government House - home to the

This day in history | 1971 Space mission ends in tragedy

Three Russian cosmonauts have been found dead in their space capsule after it made what looked like a perfect landing in Kazakhstan. Lieutenant-Colonel Georgi Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev were

This day in history | 2001 Diana fountain given go-ahead

A memorial in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be built in London’s Hyde Park, the government has announced. The £3m fountain will be built on the site of

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