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1986: Seven dead in space shuttle disaster
The American space shuttle Challenger explodes killing all seven astronauts on board.

1953: Derek Bentley hanged for murder
Teenager Derek Bentley is executed at Wandsworth Prison in London for his part in the murder of Pc Sidney Miles.

1982: US general rescued from Red Brigade
Italian police rescue US Brigadier General James Dozier who has been held hostage by the Red Brigade for 42 days.

1990: Romanians call for government change
Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets to protest against the interim government of Ion Iliescu.

1968: Radiation alert following B-52 crash
A recovery team searches for wreckage from an American Air Force B-52 bomber armed with four hydrogen bombs.


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30 January
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