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1995: Serial killer West found hanged
Fred West, the Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders, is found dead in his prison cell.

2000: World celebrates New Millennium
Billions of people around the world welcome in the New Millennium with some of the most spectacular celebrations ever seen.

1973: Britain joins the EEC
The United Kingdom becomes a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.

1978: Newspaper editor flees South Africa
Newspaper editor Donald Woods arrives in London after fleeing South Africa's apartheid regime.

1959: Rebel army drives out Cuban dictator
The President of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, flees the country in the face of a relentless advance by the rebel army of Fidel Castro.

2002: Celebrations as euro hits the streets
Twelve of the European Union's 15 countries wake up to life with a new currency as the euro reaches the streets.


Around this Day

29 December
Top Story: 1998: Six die as huge waves smash into yachts

30 December
Top Story: 1994: Gunman kills two women at abortion clinic

31 December
Top Story: 1964: Campbell speeds to double record

2 January
Top Story: 1971: Sixty-six die in Scottish football disaster

3 January
Top Story: 1980: Afghan leader defends Soviet invasion

4 January
Top Story: 1967: Campbell killed during record attempt


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