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1991: Iraqi Scud missiles hit Israel
Israel teeters on the brink of joining the Gulf War after Iraq attacks Tel Aviv and Haifa with Scud missiles.

1967: 'Boston Strangler' sentenced to life
Albert DeSalvo, who says he murdered 13 women, is given a life sentence for assault and armed robbery.

1981: Nine die in New Cross house fire
Nine people are killed and 20 injured in a blaze which engulfed a house early this morning in south London.

1963: Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies
Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies after a sudden deterioration in his heart condition.

1972: Rhodesia's former leader arrested
Garfield Todd and his daughter, Judith, are seized after violence erupts over Anglo-Rhodesian plans for independence.

1996: Green groups join bypass battle
Six major environmental organisations add their support to the growing anti-bypass campaign in Newbury, Berkshire.


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Top Story: 1973: Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam

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

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

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

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

21 January
Top Story: 1981: Tehran frees US hostages after 444 days


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