Britain: The Day the Music Died

The Day the Music Died

The three-story building near the Kent port of Deal in southeastern England housed young recruits, some only 16 years old, who were training for the famed Royal Marines marching band. Last week their music was silenced in a deafening explosion that leveled one of the barracks and rattled houses within a two- mile radius. The toll: ten dead, 22 injured. British Defense Secretary Tom King called the blast an "appalling outrage against young army bandsmen who work for charity and who have given great enjoyment to millions across the country."

The Irish Republican Army immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. In...

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