ON THIS DAY 37 years ago ( 1983)

Daily Express - - LETTERS -

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.

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