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1972: Nixon makes historic visit to China
US President Richard Nixon arrives in China at the start of a week-long summit aimed at ending 20 years of frosty relations between the two countries.

1965: Black nationalist leader shot dead
Controversial black leader Malcolm X, who once called for a "blacks-only" state in the US, has been assassinated.

1997: 'Bridgewater Three' freed
Three men jailed 18 years ago for the murder of 13-year-old paper boy Carl Bridgewater are released after their convictions are ruled unsafe.

2001: Ban follows foot-and-mouth outbreak
The European Commission bans all British milk, meat and livestock exports following the UK's first outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease for two decades.

1988: TV evangelist quits over sex scandal
Jimmy Swaggart, America's leading television evangelist, resigns from his ministry after revelations he had been consorting with a prostitute.


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

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

22 February
Top Story: 1972: IRA bomb kills six at Aldershot barracks

23 February
Top Story: 1945: US flag raised over Iwo Jima

24 February
Top Story: 1955: Britain's big freeze


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