Foot was the preferred candidate of the trade unions but we said his election was a blow for the right of the Labour Party. Tories were “jubilant” as they assumed he would be a less formidable opponent than Healey.
57 years ago (1965)
Rhodesia’s white minority government led by Ian Smith unilaterally declared independence from Britain, prompting a dispute that would last until 1979.
The UK had refused to grant full independence to the former colony unless the country’s black majority had a share of power.
22 years ago (2000)
Some 155 skiers and snowboarders died when a funicular cable car caught fire in an alpine tunnel in Kaprun, Austria.
The blaze was started when a fan caught fire and was fuelled when pipes carrying flammable brake fluid were severed.
The cable railway never reopened and was replaced by a gondola lift.