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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Previously on April 6

1968: United States erupts in race violence
Dozens of major cities in the United States have been rocked by an escalation in the race riots which began two days ago.

At least 19 people have died so far in the arson, looting and shootings provoked by the assassination of black civil rights leader Martin Luther King on 4 April.

Several hundred have also been injured and about 3,000 people have been arrested - most of those in Washington DC.
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1975: 'Operation Babylift' lands in UK
A plane carrying 99 Vietnamese orphans has landed at Heathrow airport.

The Boeing 747 was chartered by the British Daily Mail newspaper whose editor, David English, was inspired by the American Operation Babylift.

The children, many of them only a few months old, were accompanied by British doctors and nurses on the 18-hour flight from Saigon.

At least 30 of the infants were suffering from pneumonia and six had to be taken to hospital after arriving at Heathrow.
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