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1961: Belgian jet crashes seconds before landing
At least 73 people are killed when a Boeing 707 jet airliner crashes at Berg, near Brussels airport.

1971: D-Day delivers new UK currency
The British Government launches a new decimal currency across the country.

1989: Soviet troops pull out of Afghanistan
Soviet troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, nine years after they invaded the country.

1942: Singapore forced to surrender
British forces in Singapore surrender to the Japanese - seven days after enemy troops first stormed the island.

1952: King George VI is laid to rest
King George is buried at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after a solemn procession through London.

1986: Printers and police clash in Wapping
Eight police officers are injured in the worst outbreak of violence yet outside the News International printing plant in Wapping, east London.

1996: Arms-to-Iraq report published
The long-awaited report into the sale of arms-to-Iraq in the 1980s is published and contains strong criticisms of the ministers involved.

1974: No hope of survivors from missing Gaul trawler
The hunt in the Arctic Ocean for the missing British trawler and its 36-man crew is called off after a week.


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

17 February
Top Story: 1979: China invades Vietnam

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