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Home Explore the BBC 20 February Search ON THIS DAY by date Front Page |  Years |  Themes |  Witness About This Site | Text Only | RSS Version 1986: Soviets launch space station Mir

The Soviets open a new phase in space exploration with the launch of the world's biggest space station, Mir.


1993: Two boys charged with toddler's murder
Two 10-year-old boys are charged with the abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool.

1983: Hundreds die in Assam poll violence
Hundreds of people are reported to have died in Assam as fierce fighting rages in the run-up to Indian elections.

1989: IRA bombs Tern Hill barracks
Police are hunting two IRA bombers who attacked an army barracks at Tern Hill in Shropshire.

1962: US spaceman orbits Earth
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, lands safely in the Atlantic Ocean.

1958: Historic Sheerness docks to close
The government announces one the oldest naval dockyards in the UK will be shut down.
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