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1996: Bomb blast destroys London bus
Three people are feared dead after a bomb explodes on a London bus, nine days after the IRA ended its ceasefire.

1978: Belfast bomb suspects rounded up
Police in Northern Ireland arrest at least 20 people in connection with the La Mon restaurant bomb.

1981: Thatcher gives in to miners
Mrs Thatcher's Conservative Government withdraws plans to close 23 pits in its first major U-turn since coming to power two years ago.

2005: Ban on hunting comes into force
Hunting with dogs in England and Wales becomes illegal as the ban on the activity passes into law.

1954: McCarthy hunts 'army Communists'
The Secretary of the US army orders two generals subpoenaed by anti-Communist senator Joseph McCarthy to ignore the summons.

1969: Lulu ties knot with Bee Gee
Hundreds of people clamour to see the marriage of popstars Lulu and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in a Buckinghamshire church.


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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

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

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

21 February
Top Story: 1972: Nixon makes historic visit to China


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