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Events and Birthdays on 16 January

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Events on this day, 16 January

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Kabila, is shot and seriously wounded by a bodyguard.

A fuel supply tanker to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific runs aground off the island of San Cristobal.

The Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, is shot by gunmen at her home in County Tyrone.

The Shah of Iran flees the country following months of increasingly violent protests against his regime.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi assumes the role of prime minister four months after leading a successful coup against the monarchy.

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