Saturday, April 23, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1979: Teacher dies in Southall race riots
A 33-year-old man dies from head injuries after a bloody battle breaks out between police and demonstrators in Southall.
1984: Scientist finds Aids virus
The discovery of a virus which may cause Aids, the fatal disease sweeping through America, is hailed as a "monumental breakthrough"in medical research.
2001: Royal aide on trial for murder
A former personal assistant to the Duchess of York stands accused of murdering her boyfriend.
1968: Decimal coins reach the high street
The first decimal coins make their way into purses throughout Britain in preparation for replacing the current system of pounds, shillings and pence by 1971.
1998: Martin Luther King killer dies
James Earl Ray, the convicted killer of black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King dies in prison