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Events and Birthdays on 25 January

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Events on this day, 25 January

The second of two Nasa rovers sent to explore Mars has landed on the surface of the planet, where it will look for signs of water.

At least 300 people are killed and 1,000 are injured in an earthquake in Colombia, South America - the worst for 16 years.

Six members of the International Olympic Committee face expulsion following an inquiry into a corruption scandal.

During a historic visit to Cuba Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.

At least 39 people, some of them children, die in the worst weather to hit England and Wales since the 1987 hurricane.

Four former Labour cabinet ministers signal their intention to breakaway from the opposition and set up their own political party.

General Idi Amin seizes power while President Milton Obote is away on a foreign visit - troops seal off Entebbe airport.

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