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Joseph Stalin 1941: Hitler invades the Soviet Union

The German Army takes the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin by surprise as it begins a massive advance on Moscow.

Mark Chapman 1981: Chapman pleads guilty to Lennon murder
Mark Chapman changes his plea to guilty and admits he murdered John Lennon in December 1980.

Marc Dutroux 2004: Child killer Dutroux jailed for life
A Belgian court sentences Marc Dutroux to life in prison for the kidnap, rape and murder of young girls.

Jeremy Thorpe 1979: Thorpe cleared of murder charges
A jury clears former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe of the attempted murder of Norman Scott.

James Bulger 2001: Bulger killers to be released
The Parole Board decides that the two schoolboy murderers of James Bulger are to be released.

1959: Harrods in 34m merger talks
Directors of Harrods are urging shareholders to vote for a merger with Debenhams department chain.
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