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1943: Germans surrender at Stalingrad
The half-starved remnants of the German 6th Army give themselves up after five months of bloody fighting for Stalingrad ends in defeat.

1990: De Klerk dismantles apartheid in South Africa
The President of South Africa lifts the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress.

1987: Peace envoy imprisoned in Beirut
Reports from Lebanon say Church of England envoy Terry Waite has been kidnapped by an Islamic militia group.

1979: Sid Vicious dies from drugs overdose
Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in New York.

1972: British embassy in Dublin destroyed
Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people in Londonderry on Sunday.


Around this Day

30 January
Top Story: 1972: Army kills 13 in civil rights protest

31 January
Top Story: 2000: Life for serial killer Shipman

1 February
Top Story: 2003: Columbia shuttle disintegrates killing seven

3 February
Top Story: 1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash

4 February
Top Story: 1974: Soldiers and children killed in coach bombing

5 February
Top Story: 1994: Market massacre in Sarajevo


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