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1979: China invades Vietnam
China sends hundreds of troops into Vietnam after weeks of tension and a military build-up along the border.

1987: Tamils strip off at Heathrow
A group of Tamils seeking asylum in Britain protest at Heathrow airport by removing their clothes as they are about to be deported.

1992: Cannibal killer jailed for life
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is jailed for life in the US for murdering and dismembering 15 young men and boys.

1959: Turkish leader involved in fatal crash
Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes survives an air crash near London that killed 12 people.

1965: Countdown to Gambian independence
The Duke and Duchess of Kent celebrate the end of 300 years of colonial rule in Gambia with 35 chiefs.


Around this Day

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

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

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

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

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

20 February
Top Story: 1986: Soviets launch space station Mir


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