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Laurent Kabila inspects the army 2001: DR Congo President Kabila shot

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Kabila, is shot and seriously wounded by a bodyguard.

The Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi and his wife, Empress Farah Diba 1979: Shah of Iran flees into exile
The Shah of Iran flees the country following months of increasingly violent protests against his regime.

Bernadette McAliskey 1981: Gunmen shoot civil rights campaigner
The Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, is shot by gunmen at her home in County Tyrone.

Oil tanker Jessica 2001: Oil tanker endangers eco-paradise
A fuel supply tanker to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific runs aground off the island of San Cristobal.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi 1970: Gaddafi takes over as Libya's premier
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi assumes the role of prime minister four months after leading a successful coup against the monarchy.

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