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1981: Tehran frees US hostages after 444 days
The 52 American hostages held at the US embassy in Tehran for more than 14 months arrive in West Germany on their way home to the United States.

1992: UN threatens Libya with sanctions
Libya has been served with a resolution to hand over intelligence agents accused of two airliner bombings.

1950: Acclaimed author George Orwell dies
The British writer George Orwell dies after a three-year battle against tuberculosis.

1997: Carers accused in child abuse inquiry
More than 80 people are named as child abusers in statements to the North Wales inquiry.

1966: Future of Monte Carlo rally in doubt
The Monte Carlo rally ends in uproar over the disqualification of the British cars expected to fill the first four places.


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

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

22 January
Top Story: 1990: Gorbachev explains crackdown in Azerbaijan

23 January
Top Story: 1973: Nixon announces Vietnam peace deal

24 January
Top Story: 1966: 117 die in Air India tragedy


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