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1991: Sri Lankan hardliner among 19 killed in blast
The Tamil Tigers are being blamed for the assassination of Sri Lanka's Deputy Defence Minister, Ranjan Wijeratne.

1970: Ian Smith declares Rhodesia a republic
Prime Minister of Rhodesia Ian Smith declares his country a republic, cutting its last link with the British Crown.

1969: Concorde flies for the first time
The supersonic airliner Concorde makes a "faultless" maiden flight.

2000: Pinochet escapes torture trial charges
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges.

1956: King of Jordan sacks British general
King Hussein of Jordan sacks the British commander of the Arab Legion in an effort to strengthen his own position within the Arab world.


Around this Day

28 February
Top Story: 1986: Swedish prime minister assassinated

29 February
Top Story: 1960: Thousands dead in Moroccan earthquake

1 March
Top Story: 1950: Communist spy jailed for 14 years

3 March
Top Story: 1974: Turkish jet crashes killing 345

4 March
Top Story: 1976: Guilty verdict for 'Maguire Seven'

5 March
Top Story: 1966: Passenger jet crashes into Mount Fuji


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