A nation weeps

Monday September 1, 1997 - The body of Diana, Princess of Wales, arrived home in Britain for the final time last night amid unprecedented scenes of national grief.

Monday September 1, 1997 - The body of Diana, Princess of Wales, arrived home in Britain for the final time last night amid unprecedented scenes of national grief.

Her tragic death in a car accident - as she and her friend Harrods heir Dodi al-Fayed, were pursued by French paparazzi photographers on motorbikes - stunned the nation, sparked emotional scenes at Buckingham and Kensington Palaces and brought tributes to her from around the world.

The Prince of Wales had travelled to Paris to accompany home the nation's `Queen of Hearts' with her sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

As the national mourned, police in France continued to interview seven photographers about the accident in the early hours of yesterday which also claimed the lives of Mr Fayed and their driver.

Last night, the princess's coffin, wrapped in the Royal Standard, was brought to RAF Northolt, West London, aboard the Queen's Flight BA146 where it was met by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Her body was taken to the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace early today, Buckingham Palace said.

North farm in disaster alert

Friday February 23, 2001

A five-mile restriction zone was last night thrown around a North-East farm by officials investigating the national outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

The Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food placed a cordon around an unidentified far at Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland.

Officials were probing reports of highly suspicious disease in a number of pigs on the premises.

Last night Jim Scudamore, the Government's chief veterinary officer, said vets had been at the North-East farm and taken samples for testing at the MAFF laboratory at Purbright, Surrey. The results should be known within the next 24 hours.

A third case of foot-and-mouth was confirmed in cattle on an Essex farm where the first two cases were discovered earlier this week.

The Ministry also placed the nation's countryside on red alert with city and rural dwellers warned to stay away from farmlands.

Act of war

Wednesday September 12, 2001

It was the day America stared terrorism in the eye as tens of thousands were feared dead and the world looked on in horror.

In the blood-stained history of fanatical attacks there has never been such a dark date as September 11, 2001.

Stunned millions around the world watched on live television as first one hijacked plane then another slammed into the 110-storey twin towers of the World Trade Center. Within an hour the most powerful symbols of US economic power had collapsed.

Tens of thousands were feared dead and the most famous skyline in the world had been changed forever.

As New York reeled, another terror attack targeted Washington DC, the US capital. A passenger airliner smashed into the Pentagon, the heart of the US military machine.

Another passenger plane crashed about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. There was speculation yesterday that its target had been Camp David, the president's country retreat.

In a carefully-planned operation, suicide bombers had seized the four airliners on domestic flights.

There were 266 passengers and crew on board the four jets.

For many it was the nation's greatest humiliation since Pearl Harbor.

Last night one question echoed from coast to coast: "Why?"

Birth of a new era

Saturday January 1, 2000

THE world entered the Third Millennium in a blaze of fireworks, their air filled with the roar of millions of voices last night.

In the North, in Britain and throughout the world, thousands gathered in an astonishing mass celebration, the biggest party ever seen.

Up to 36,000 people packed on to Newcastle's Quayside to revel in a millennium spectacle to remember.

Monday January 2, 1900

A Happy New Year! This morning we begin - not the first year of another century - though there be some who will have it so - but the last year of the nineteenth century - in many respects the most wonderful of the era.

Tuesday January 2, 1901

A Happy New Year! A Happy New Century of Years! The first of these good wishes we have all bidden each other many times before. The second not one of us has ever before had the chance of expressing, and not one of us, and few, few of our children, will live to witness the returning opportunity.

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