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2000: Life for serial killer Shipman
Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer.

1953: 130 die in ferry disaster
A car ferry sinks in the Irish Sea in one of the worst gales of the winter, claiming the lives of up to 130 passengers and crew.

1996: Fifty dead in Sri Lanka suicide bombing
A lorry carrying heavy explosives crashes into a bank in Colombo bank killing more than 50 people.

1968: Americans alarmed by 'Tet Offensive'
The American command in Vietnam reports over 5,000 people dead after two days' intensive fighting.

2005: Belfast stab victim McCartney dies
The death of Robert McCartney, killed by IRA supporters, leads to a major backlash in the Nationalist community of Northern Ireland and abroad.

1961: Chimp returns safely after space flight
A chimpanzee sent into space in a United States rocket is recovered alive and well from the sea near Florida.

1983: British drivers ordered to belt up
Drivers and front-seat passengers must wear seatbelts under a new law designed to reduce road deaths.


Around this Day

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

29 January
Top Story: 1996: France halts nuclear testing

30 January
Top Story: 1972: Army kills 13 in civil rights protest

1 February
Top Story: 2003: Columbia shuttle disintegrates killing seven

2 February
Top Story: 1943: Germans surrender at Stalingrad

3 February
Top Story: 1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash


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