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General Idi Amin 1971: Idi Amin ousts Uganda president

General Idi Amin seizes power while President Milton Obote is away on a foreign visit - troops seal off Entebbe airport.

Looters 1999: Colombia quake leaves hundreds dead
At least 300 people are killed and 1,000 are injured in an earthquake in Colombia, South America - the worst for 16 years.

Opportunity landing site (copyright: NASA/JPL/Cornell) 2004: Nasa rover looks for water on Mars
The second of two Nasa rovers sent to explore Mars has landed on the surface of the planet, where it will look for signs of water.

Pope in Cuba 1998: Pope calls for reform in Cuba
During a historic visit to Cuba Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.

Samaranch at the news conference 1999: Olympic officials face bribery charges
Six members of the International Olympic Committee face expulsion following an inquiry into a corruption scandal.

1981: Dissident Labour MPs plan new party
Four former Labour cabinet ministers signal their intention to breakaway from the opposition and set up their own political party.

1990: Children killed in devastating storm
At least 39 people, some of them children, die in the worst weather to hit England and Wales since the 1987 hurricane.
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