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1973: Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam
President Nixon orders a halt to American bombing in North Vietnam - following peace talks in Paris.

1953: East German purge begins
The East German authorities begin a purge of senior officials, accused of plotting against the state and spying for imperialistic powers.

1987: Officer cleared in Groce shooting case
A police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman is cleared of all criminal charges.

1982: Mark Thatcher found safe and well
The prime minister's son, Mark Thatcher, is on his way home after being missing in the Sahara for six days.

1997: Princess Diana sparks landmines row
The Princess of Wales angers government ministers after calling for an international ban on landmines.

1984: Benn back on road to Westminster
The leftwing rebel, Tony Benn, beats off the competition to win Labour's nomination for the Chesterfield by-election.


Around this Day

12 January
Top Story: 1991: US Congress votes for war in Iraq

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

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

16 January
Top Story: 2001: DR Congo President Kabila shot

17 January
Top Story: 1991: 'Mother of all Battles' begins

18 January
Top Story: 1991: Iraqi Scud missiles hit Israel


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