ON THIS DAY 37 years ago ( 1983)
28 years ago ( 1992)
Our front page revealed the despair of Britain’s miners after the government announced the closure of a third of the country’s mines, putting 31,000 colliers out of work.
The cuts, brought about by the privatisation of the energy industry and cheap foreign imports, destroyed many of the UK’s mining communities.
58 years ago ( 1962)
A US U- 2 spy plane took photos of Soviet mediumrange and intermediaterange ballistic missile sites in Cuba, triggering the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The weapons were positioned at the request of Cuban leader Fidel Castro following the 1961 CIA- backed attempt to overthrow his communist government via the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Margaret Thatcher’s Trade and Industry Secretary Cecil Parkinson resigned amid revelations of his 12- year affair with his former secretary Sara Keays, who was pregnant with his child.
Parkinson was the fourth Tory MP to be embroiled in sleaze since Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979.