March 28 – ON THIS DAY: 59 years since the Beeching railway cuts

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We suggested the scheme could mean up to 70,000 job losses, fewer holiday trains and possible fare increases. Dr Beeching’s plan was implemented from the mid-1960s.

43 years ago (1979) An accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania allowed large amounts of radioactive coolant to escape into the atmosphere.

The incident was caused by a broken water pump, compounded by a series of safety failures. It remains the worst nuclear accident in US history.

31 years ago (1991) A jury returned a verdict of accidental death at the end of the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster, sparking anger among relatives and friends of the victims. Some 97 Liverpool fans died as a result of the tragedy at Hillsborough Stadium on April 15, 1989.

A second series of inquests in 2016 ruled the supporters were unlawfully killed.

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