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1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash
Three young rock 'n' roll stars, including 22-year-old singer Buddy Holly, die when their plane crashes in the United States.

1960: Macmillan speaks of 'wind of change' in Africa
Harold Macmillan outrages South African politicians with a speech warning of the "wind of change" in Africa.

1986: Pope and Mother Teresa feed the sick
The Pope meets Mother Teresa in Calcutta and visits her home for the sick and dying.

1998: Military jet causes cable car tragedy
A Nato aircraft kills 20 people at an Italian ski resort by severing their cable car line.

1966: Soviets land probe on Moon
The Soviet Union makes the first controlled landing of a space probe on the Moon, but refuses to release the pictures it sends back.

1988: Nurses protest for better pay
Nurses across the UK take part in a day of industrial action to secure more money for themselves and the NHS.

1978: Sadat in US for Mid East talks
Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat arrives in Washington DC to discuss the Middle East peace process with US President Jimmy Carter.


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

2 February
Top Story: 1943: Germans surrender at Stalingrad

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

5 February
Top Story: 1994: Market massacre in Sarajevo

6 February
Top Story: 1958: United players killed in air disaster


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