People all across Britain had their fingers firmly crossed that five baby girls born to an Essex mother would make it safely through their critical first few days of life.
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Thirty-five years ago today, at a time when events inside the secretive USSR were slower to reach the West, rumours were rife that its long-serving leader Leonid Brezhnev had died.
Four men were convicted of killing 13-year-old paperboy Carl Bridgewater on November 9th, 1979, who was thought to have walked in on a burglary during his evening paper round.
An official inquiry into a near-catastrophic fire at a nuclear power plant was published 60 years ago today, blaming the accident on a combination of human error, poor management and faulty instruments.
History was being written in Russia 100 years ago today, with a series of uprisings that would define the nation, its politics and foreign affairs for most of the next century.