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2003: Columbia shuttle disintegrates killing seven
Seven astronauts die as Columbia breaks up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere leaving Nasa and the world in a state of shock and disbelief.

1979: Exiled Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran
Religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini makes a triumphant return to Iran after 14 years in exile.

1953: Violent storms claim hundreds of lives
Violent storms wreak havoc up and down the East coast of Britain claiming hundreds of lives.

1994: MPs condemn sale of Rover
There are angry clashes in the House of Commons over the sale of the last major British car manufacturer Rover.

1952: Test drive for TV detector vans
A new method for tracking down users of unlicensed television sets is unveiled in the UK.

1984: Halfpenny coin to meet its maker
Britain's least-loved currency is to leave the nation's purses after 13 years of almost universal unpopularity.


Around this Day

29 January
Top Story: 1996: France halts nuclear testing

30 January
Top Story: 1972: Army kills 13 in civil rights protest

31 January
Top Story: 2000: Life for serial killer Shipman

2 February
Top Story: 1943: Germans surrender at Stalingrad

3 February
Top Story: 1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash

4 February
Top Story: 1974: Soldiers and children killed in coach bombing


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