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On this Day : 20 March 1974 – Kidnap attempt on Princess Anne

Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips have escaped an apparent kidnap attempt in which four people were wounded. The royal couple were returning...

On this Day : 15 March 1990 – Observer journalist executed in Iraq

Britain has strongly condemned the Iraqi authorities over the execution of The Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft in Baghdad. Mr Bazoft - who came to live...

On this Day : 12 March 1999 – Violinist Yehudi Menuhin dies

One of the 20th century's finest musicians Yehudi Menuhin has died, aged 82. Lord Menuhin was in Berlin, Germany, to conduct a concert when he...

On this Day : 11 March 1955 – Farewell to scientist who discovered penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming - the man who first discovered the life-saving drug penicillin - has died of a heart attack. He was 73. Sir Alexander...

On this Day : 11 January 1998: 100 die in massacre in Algeria

The Algerian government has blamed Islamic extremists for the deaths of more than 100 people, who were killed when two villages were attacked. The latest...

On this Day : 10 March 1969: Martin Luther King’s killer gets life

James Earl Ray has been jailed for 99 years by a court in Memphis, Tennessee, after admitting he carried out the murder of the...

On this Day : 9 March 1995 – Queen marks peace in Belfast

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have made a symbolic visit to Northern Ireland - their first since the IRA and Loyalist ceasefires came...

On this Day : 8 March 1985 – Beirut car bomb kills dozens

At least 45 people have died and 175 have been injured in a car bomb explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The bomb went off outside a...

On this Day : 7 March 1975 – Kidnapped heiress found strangled

The body of Lesley Whittle, the 17-year-old heiress kidnapped from her Shropshire home 52 days ago, has been found at the bottom of a...

On This Day: March 6 1957 – Ghana celebrates independence

The people of Ghana have been celebrating the end of colonial rule and the dawn of their independence. Most workers have been given the day...

On This Day: 5 March 1953 – Soviet leader ‘on brink of death’

Rumours are circulating in Moscow that Joseph Stalin, the long-time leader of the Soviet Union, is near death. The first official news of Mr Stalin's...

On This Day: 4 March 1969 – Kray twins guilty of McVitie murder

The Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald, are facing life sentences after being found guilty of murder at the Central Criminal Court. The jury deliberated for...

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