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1945: British troops liberate Bergen-Belsen
British troops enter the concentration camp after negotiating a truce with the German commandant.

1986: US launches air strikes on Libya
The United States bombs Tripoli in retaliation for Libyan terrorist attacks on American targets.

1989: Football fans crushed at Hillsborough
At least 93 football supporters have been killed in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster.

1942: Malta gets George Cross for bravery
The people of Malta are awarded the George Cross in recognition of their heroic struggle against occupation.

1998: Former Cambodian dictator dies
The former Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot, whose regime led to the deaths of millions of his people, has died.

2000: White farmer shot dead in Zimbabwe
A white farmer in Zimbabwe has been kidnapped and shot dead by squatters occupying his land.

1953: Britain honours American hero
Reis Leming, a 22-year-old US airman, is awarded the George Medal for rescuing people trapped by winter floods.


Around this Day

12 April
Top Story: 1961: Soviets win space race

13 April
Top Story: 1975: Beirut street battle leaves 17 dead

14 April
Top Story: 1970: Critical explosion cripples Apollo 13

16 April
Top Story: 1964: 'Great Train Robbers' get 300 years

17 April
Top Story: 1986: British journalist McCarthy kidnapped

18 April
Top Story: 1956: Macmillan unveils premium bond scheme


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