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1991: 'Mother of all Battles' begins
Operation Desert Storm begins as Gulf War Allies send hundreds of planes on bombing raids into Iraq - Saddam Hussein remains defiant.

1995: Earthquake devastates Kobe
A massive quake destroys whole areas of Japan's industrial heartland, leaving many hundreds of people dead.

1994: Massive earthquake hits Los Angeles
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale devastates Los Angeles in the USA, killing more than 20 people.

1977: Gilmore executed by firing squad
Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer, is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, Salt Lake City.

1983: BBC wakes up to morning TV
People have been switching on their televisions a little earlier than usual to catch Britain's first breakfast news programme.


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

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

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

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

19 January
Top Story: 1966: Indira Gandhi takes charge in India

20 January
Top Story: 1961: John F Kennedy sworn in as US president


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