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Events and Birthdays on 8 January

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Events on this day, 8 January

The identities and whereabouts of the two boys who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 will be kept secret for the rest of their lives, the High Court has ruled.

France mourns its longest serving president Francois Mitterrand who died today.

One person dies and hundreds are injured when a commuter train from Kent crashes into buffers at Cannon Street station in London.

A Boeing 737 airplane crashes onto the M1 motorway near East Midlands airport, killing 46 people.

Hundreds of Khmer Rouge troops are fleeing Cambodia after being crushed by Vietnamese-led rebel forces.

The French people vote to grant Algeria its independence in a referendum after seven years of guerilla war.

General Charles de Gaulle is proclaimed first President of the new Fifth Republic in France during a brief ceremony at the Elys?Palace in Paris.

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