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1991: US Congress votes for war in Iraq
The United States Congress votes to authorise the use of military force against Iraq to end its occupation of Kuwait.

1966: UK politicians assaulted in Rhodesia
Three visiting MPs are attacked by 400 supporters of Prime Minister Ian Smith at a rowdy meeting in Salisbury.

2001: Swedish 'Iceman' starts England job
The first foreigner to coach the England football team, Sven Goran Eriksson, flies in to start his new job.

1971: British minister's home bombed
Two bombs explode at the Hertfordshire home of Employment Secretary Robert Carr causing serious damage.

2001: Climbie carers guilty of murder
The carers of an eight-year-old girl who died after being tortured and fed scraps of food like a dog are found guilty of her murder.

2003: Maurice Gibb dies after stomach op
Bee Gee Maurice Gibb dies aged 53 following a stomach operation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

1976: Crime writer Agatha Christie dies
The most popular novelist in the world, Dame Agatha Christie, dies leaving a rumoured multi-million pound fortune and a final book waiting to be published.

1982: Mark Thatcher missing in Sahara
The British prime minister's son is reported missing in the Sahara desert while taking part in an international motor race.


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10 January
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11 January
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13 January
Top Story: 1991: Bloodshed at Lithuanian TV station

14 January
Top Story: 2002: UK declared free of foot-and-mouth

15 January
Top Story: 1973: Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam


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