March 2 – 73 years since Dr Klaus Fuchs was passing secrets to Russia

German-born Dr Klaus Fuchs, who fled to Britain to escape the Nazis, was sentenced to 14 years in prison and stripped of his British citizenship. After his release in 1959 he went to live in East Germany.

54 years ago (1969) Concorde made its first successful flight, from Toulouse airport. A joint venture between Britain and France, the supersonic airliner had a cruising speed of 1,354 miles per hour.

It made its first transatlantic flight in 1973 before entering regular commercial service in 1976.

23 years ago (2000) Home Secretary Jack Straw ruled former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet should be allowed to return home on the grounds of ill health.

Pinochet had been arrested in London in 1998 after a Spanish judge sought his extradition for human rights violations committed in Chile.

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