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1959: Castro sworn in as Cuban PM
Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro becomes the country's youngest ever premier.

2001: Serbs killed in Kosovo pilgrimage
At least seven Serbs are killed in a bomb attack on a bus making its way to a religious ceremony in Kosovo.

1985: Falklands' row civil servant resigns
Ministry of Defence assistant secretary Clive Ponting resigns from his post over the Belgrano affair.

1972: Miners' strike turns off the lights
Many homes and businesses will be without electricity for up to nine hours a day from today, the Central Electricity Generating Board has announced.

1965: Beeching plans for 'bloated' railways
A second report from British Railways Board chairman Dr Richard Beeching outlines transport needs for the next 25 years.

2005: Kyoto Protocol comes into force
The Kyoto Protocol that aims to slow down global warming takes effect but the US remains outside it.


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Top Story: 1991: US bombers strike civilians in Baghdad

14 February
Top Story: 1945: Thousands of bombs destroy Dresden

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

17 February
Top Story: 1979: China invades Vietnam

18 February
Top Story: 1996: Bomb blast destroys London bus

19 February
Top Story: 2001: Foot-and-mouth scare at UK abbatoir


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