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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

1975

January 01 - The Watergate criminal trial ends. Aides of former President Nixon (John N. Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, Robert Mardian and John D. Ehrlichman)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 -...

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...

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,...

1984

January 01 - Brunei becomes independent of Britain. The Sultan of Brunei appoints himself Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Home Affairs Minister. 01 - After a...

1985

January 02 - USA officially withdraws from UNESCO. 07 - Nine striking miners in the UK are jailed for arson. 10 - Sir Clive Sinclair's ill-fated C5...

1986

January 01 - Spain and Portugal join the European Economic Community (EEC). 04 - Thin Lizzy bass player and vocalist, Phil Lynott dies of heart failure...

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1950

January 01 - Radio Beijing announces that Tibet will shortly be "liberated". 03 - Wafd Party wins Egyptian elections. 04 - Britain asks the US for a...

1951

January 01 - Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 - Bill Byford (Saxon) born. 04 - Seoul is...

1952

January 05 - Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for talks with Truman. 07 - General Dwight D Eisenhower says he will run for US President. 12 - The prototype Vickers Valiant, Britain's...

1953

January 01 - The Maldive Islands become a republic. 01 - Arthur 'Bomber' Harris is knighted in the New Year Honours list. 01 - Hank Williams dies. 02...

1954

January 01 - Flashing indicator lights become legal on motor vehicles in Britain. 11 - A BOAC Comet jet airliner falls into the Mediterranean with the...