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2001: Foot-and-mouth scare at UK abbatoir
A five-mile exclusion zone is placed around an abbatoir in Essex after a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease is detected.

1997: China's reformist Deng Xiaoping dies
China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has died at the age of 92 after suffering from failing health for several years.

1961: Lumumba rally clashes with UK police
Police battle with supporters of the murdered Congolese premier outside the Belgian embassy in London.

1968: Damages for thalidomide children
The High Court awards compensation to 62 children born with thalidomide-induced deformities.

1978: Egyptian forces die in Cyprus gunfight
At least ten Egyptian commandos are killed in a gun battle with Greek Cypriot soldiers at Larnaca airport.


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Top Story: 1979: China invades Vietnam

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

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

22 February
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