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Events and Birthdays on 24 April

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Events on this day, 24 April

A massive bomb rips through the heart of the City of London, killing one and injuring more than 40.

The space shuttle Discovery takes off, carrying the revolutionary Hubble Telescope into orbit high above the Earth's atmosphere.

A crewman of a Sea King helicopter on its way to the Falklands Islands is missing and presumed dead after the aircraft crashed.

A tense stand-off at the West German embassy in Stockholm ends in violence.

The Soviet Union announces the catastrophic failure of its latest space mission, with the crash of Soyuz 1 and the death of the cosmonaut on board.

Security forces round up more than 10,000 men in the biggest anti-Mau Mau operation since the state of emergency was declared in Kenya 18 months ago.

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