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In January 1939 tens of thousands of people fled the advancing forces of General Franco
The African nationalist and Congo's first prime minister who was murdered in January 1961
Al Capone's grand niece talks about her memories of the famous Chicago mobster
Brandon Bryant speaks to Witness about working on the controversial US drone programme.
The rise of violence between English football fans in the 1970s
In January 1915 huge German Zeppelin airships began the first bombing raids on England
He saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis but disappeared in Soviet custody in 1945
The best-selling novelist in history, crime-writer Agatha Christie, died in January 1976
In 1997 an Indian businessman saw a great opportunity to start a whole new industry
In I988 India passed a law that made it a criminal offence to help anyone commit Sati
The hugely ambitious campaign to teach rural people to read and write in 1970s Somalia
The first prisoners arrived at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in January 2002
In 1952 India launched a music programme, Geetmala, which would broadcast for 42 years
The Senate chamber was turned into a court to put the president on trial, 7 January 1999
The unexpected discovery which became the first proof of the Big Bang Theory
In January 1968 the reformist Alexander Dubcek became leader of the Czech Communist party
In 1919, more than 200 sailors died metres from home, off a Scottish island
How did an almost completely silent comic character become such a hit?