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Events and Birthdays on 6 May

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Events on this day, 6 May

A bomb explodes at a north London postal sorting office - the second such attack in three weeks - and has been linked to the Real IRA.

The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, gives the Bank of England independence from political control.

The Queen and France's President Francois Mitterrand formally open the Channel Tunnel during two elaborate ceremonies in France and Britain.

Italy's worst ever earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills at least 60 people and leaves thousands homeless.

Ian Brady and his lover Myra Hindley are sentenced to life imprisonment for the so-called Moors murders.

Princess Margaret marries the photographer, Anthony Armstrong Jones, at Westminster Abbey

Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old British medical student, becomes the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes.

Birthdays on this day, 6 May

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