September 6 – On this Day we prepared for Diana, Princess of Waless funeral

Her flag-draped coffin was carried solemnly from Kensington Palace on a gun carriage accompanied by riders of the King’s Troop and eight Welsh Guards.

Princes William, 15, and Harry, 12, Prince Philip, Earl Spencer and Prince Charles walked behind the cortege for the journey from the palace to Westminster Abbey.

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71 years ago (1952)

Thirty-one people died, including the pilot, when a prototype De Havilland 110 jet disintegrated in mid-air seconds after breaking the sound barrier at the Farnborough Air Show, in Hampshire.

The tragedy led to tougher safety measures to protect the crowds attending air shows.

47 years ago (1976) Soviet Air Defence Forces pilot Viktor Belenko landed his MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate, Japan.

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He requested and was given political asylum in the US where he became an aerospace engineer. After his defection the Russians spread false stories about Belenko being killed in a car accident.

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