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1996: Docklands bomb ends IRA ceasefire
The IRA admit planting the bomb that exploded in the Docklands area of London last night.

1983: British police on trail of mass murderer
Police launch a mass murder investigation in London after discovering human remains in drains.

1962: Russia frees US spy plane pilot
American spy plane pilot Captain Francis "Gary" Powers is freed from prison in the Soviet Union in exchange for a Russian spy jailed in the US.

1952: India passes first test of democracy
Independent India's first general elections pass off peacefully, and return Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to power.

1955: US evacuates Pacific islands
The American Navy has moved thousands of people from the Chinese Nationalist Tachen Islands.

2005: Charles and Camilla to be married
The Prince of Wales and long-term partner Camilla Parker Bowles are engaged, Clarence House announces.


Around this Day

7 February
Top Story: 1945: Black Sea talks plan defeat of Germany

8 February
Top Story: 1952: New Queen proclaimed for UK

9 February
Top Story: 1950: McCarthy launches anti-red crusade

11 February
Top Story: 1990: Freedom for Nelson Mandela

12 February
Top Story: 1989: Belfast lawyer Finucane murdered

13 February
Top Story: 1991: US bombers strike civilians in Baghdad


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