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1971: Idi Amin ousts Uganda president
General Idi Amin seizes power while President Milton Obote is away on a foreign visit - troops seal off Entebbe airport.

1999: Colombia quake leaves hundreds dead
At least 300 people are killed and 1,000 are injured in an earthquake in Colombia, South America - the worst for 16 years.

2004: Nasa rover looks for water on Mars
The second of two Nasa rovers sent to explore Mars has landed on the surface of the planet, where it will look for signs of water.

1998: Pope calls for reform in Cuba
During a historic visit to Cuba Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.

1999: Olympic officials face bribery charges
Six members of the International Olympic Committee face expulsion following an inquiry into a corruption scandal.

1981: Dissident Labour MPs plan new party
Four former Labour cabinet ministers signal their intention to breakaway from the opposition and set up their own political party.

1990: Children killed in devastating storm
At least 39 people, some of them children, die in the worst weather to hit England and Wales since the 1987 hurricane.


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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

26 January
Top Story: 2001: Thousands die in Gujarat quake

27 January
Top Story: 1945: Auschwitz death camp liberated

28 January
Top Story: 1986: Seven dead in space shuttle disaster


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