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We said even the Queen looked anxious after nothing happened when she pressed the button to release the launch gear. The 53,000-ton vessel would remain the flagship of the Cunard Line until she was succeeded by the Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
43 years ago (1979)
Two Harrier jump jets collided at 8,000 feet above the town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, killing three.
One crashed into a field but debris from the other fell onto two houses and a bungalow. An inquiry found the pilots were engaged in a mock dogfight at the time of the collision.
Nine years ago (2013)
Somalian terrorists attacked the upmarket Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 67.
The al-Shabab jihadists claimed the massacre was revenge for the Kenyan government’s military involvement in their country.
The atrocity followed UN warnings about an attack.
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