12 years since the Middle East oil price turmoil

12 years since the Middle East oil price turmoil

We also revealed a mum died trying to shield her baby from falling debris during the New Zealand earthquake. Measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, the tremor struck Christchurch during the lunch busy hour. Some 185 people died in the disaster.

78 years ago (1945)

Six US soldiers raised the American flag on the Japanese-held Pacific island of Iwo Jima, four days after landing there.

However, it would take them until March 26 to secure the whole of the island in what was one of the fiercest battles of the Second World War.

51 years ago (1972)

Palestinian terrorists who hijacked a Lufthansa jet over India released the crew and surrendered at an airstrip in Yemen.

The New Delhi-Athens flight was taken over by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who instigated a series of hijackings in the 1970s.

It later emerged a ransom had been paid.

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