The death of former NFL star Mike Webster led to questions about safety in 2002
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In January 1961, the US closed down its embassy in Cuba and withdrew all diplomatic staff
In 2006, Russian activists broke the law to stage the first gay pride march in Moscow.
In January 1952 hundreds of buildings were deliberately set ablaze in downtown Cairo
In 1943, Rome's Jewish citizens were promised safety if they gave gold to the Nazis.
Rare archive recordings of people who lived through the unification of Nigeria in 1914
In January 1989, US serial killer Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair in Florida
In January 1944 the WW2 blockade of Leningrad finally ended after almost 900 days
The world's first nuclear-powered submarine was launched on 21st January 1954.
The WW2 attempt to understand how best to care for starving civilians in war-torn Europe
The allies launched a major offensive against the Germans in Italy in January 1944
In 2004, US forces began battling insurgents based in the Iraqi city of Fallujah
In 1966 a small group of Nigerian army officers launched the country's first ever coup
The guitarist's girlfriend on his electrifying performances and their life off-stage
In 1991, pro-independence Lithuanians took to the streets of Vilnius against Soviet tanks
The young nun who would become Mother Teresa arrived in Calcutta in 1929
In 1964 violence erupted in Panama, prompted by a dispute over the American flag.
Solomon Northup was born a free man in America but kidnapped into slavery in the South
In 1999, Bill Clinton was tried by the US Senate over his relationship with an intern
One of France's most famous writers was killed in a car crash on 4 January, 1960
On the 3rd of January 1946 Britain's most famous wartime traitor was hanged.
The Las Balsas expedition saw 12 men set off on three rafts across the Pacific Ocean
Armed indigenous rebels seized towns in Chiapas, Mexico, on New Year's Day in 1994