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1983

January 07 - Unemployment total in the USA reaches 12 million. 14 - Armed police ambush a car in Kensington, London, shooting and wounding a passenger,...

1982

January 02 - Erica Roe Streaks at Twickenham. 03 - South Korea lifts its night time curfew after 36 years. 05 - Public donations to the Penlee...

1981

January 01 - Greece becomes the 10th member of the Common Market. 02 - Fire breaks out at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. 05 -...

1980

January 01 - In Northern Quebec (Canada), a fire kills 45 people at the Opemiska Club after a young man sets fire to party decorations...

1973

January 01 - Britain, Denmark and Ireland join the Common Market. 04 - 400 children attack British troops in Londonderry. 07 - Hitler's car is sold for...

1972

January 01 - French singer Maurice Chevalier dies (b. 1888) in Paris. He is 83. 03 - An IRA bomb injures 55 women and children when...

1974

January 01 - Golda Meir wins Israeli election. 01 - 38 Italians die when an Italia Airlines Fokker Friendship crashes near Turin. There are four survivors. 02...

1978

January 01 - An Air India Jumbo explodes killing 213. 03 - Indira Gandhi expelled from India's Congress Party. 05 - The Sex Pistols make their US...

1979

January 01 - USA and China establish diplomatic relations. 04 - Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of the dead and injured in Kent State...

Moorgate Tube Crash (1975)

On 28 February 1975 a tube train  rammed into the end of a dead-end tunnel at Moorgate on the London Underground, killing the driver...

Fall of Saigon (1975)

The war in Vietnam ended abruptly on 30 April 1975.  Saigon surrendered almost without a struggle as North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the city...

1977

January 01 - Groucho Marx dies in Los Angeles. 02 - Legendary jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner dies. 06 - "Charter 77" launched in Czechoslovakia calling...

1976

January 02 - 22 die as hurricane winds rock Britain. 05 - The Khmer Rouge drafts a new constitution in Cambodia, renaming it Democratic Kampuchea. 05 - Former Beatles road...

1971

January 02 - 66 Football fans are killed when a barrier collapses at Ibrox Park in Glasgow following a match between old firm rivals Celtic...

1970

January 01 - In Australia, Bob Hawke becomes ACTU president. 01 - The age of majority in Britain is reduced from 21 to 18. 01 - Jimi...

1969

January 01 - West Indies cricketer and politician Sir Learie Constantine becomes Britain's first black life peer. 03 - Religious and political factions clash in Londonderry...

1968 Olympic Games (Mexico)

Controversy dogged the Mexico City Olympic Games from first to last. Even before the opening ceremony, a student riot in the city was brutally...

1968

January 04 - Number of US troops in Vietnam reaches 486,000. 04 - The search for Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt's body at Portsea in Victoria...

1967

January 01 - In Britain, Alf Ramsey is knighted and Bobby Moore gets an OBE in the New Years Honours. 01 - All Night Rave at...

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1958

January 01 - Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 - The European Economic Community (the "common market")...

1995

January 01 - Fred West, the Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders, commits suicide in his prison cell. Prison officers discover the 53-year-old's body hanging...

Chernobyl

On 26 April 1986 the Number 4 reactor of the V.I. Lenin nuclear power station at Chernobyl (Ukraine) exploded. The Soviet Union admitted the accident...

1960 Olympic Games (Rome)

Though the games were held at the height of the Mediterranean summer (against medical advice) they were a spectacular success. Memorable victories seen around the...

Silver Jubilee (1977)

In 1935 when King George V celebrated his silver jubilee, the Empire had to come to London. In 1977, acknowledging the changed times, Queen...