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1945: Thousands of bombs destroy Dresden
British and US bombers pound the ancient German city of Dresden with high explosives and incendiaries.

1993: Missing two-year-old found dead
Police confirm a body found on a railway embankment in Merseyside is that of missing toddler James Bulger.

1984: British ice couple score Olympic gold
British figure skating couple Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate off with a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo after dancing to Ravel's Bolero.

2005: Explosion kills former Lebanon PM
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is killed by a car bomb explosion in Beirut.

1989: Ayatollah sentences author to death
Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini issues a death threat against British author Salman Rushdie and his publishers over the book Satanic Verses.

1997: Lawrence 'killed by racists'
Jurors at the inquest into the death of Stephen Lawrence have decided the black teenager was unlawfully killed "in a completely unprovoked racist attack by five white youths".

1974: Russian author charged with treason
Soviet authorities formally charge Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn with treason a day after forcing him to leave the USSR.


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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

15 February
Top Story: 1961: Belgian jet crashes seconds before landing

16 February
Top Story: 1959: Castro sworn in as Cuban PM

17 February
Top Story: 1979: China invades Vietnam


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