21st January

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1987 Terry Waite kidnapped in Lebanon The Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy, Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon
1981 Iran - US Hostages freed The 52 American hostages held at the US embassy in Tehran for more than 14 months arrive in West Germany on their way home to the United States.
1976 Concorde Two Concordes take off simultaneously from London and Paris
1966 Motor Racing - Monte Carlo disqualifications Four British cars are disqualified in the Monte Carlo rally raising doubts about the future of the rally
1950 George Orwell dies The British writer George Orwell dies after a three year fight with tuberculosis
1924 Vladimir Lenin dies Vladimir Lenin dies at the age of 54
1907 Earthquake hits Kingston Hundreds feared dead following an earthquake which devastated the Jamaican capital Kingston
1905 Christian Dior born French fashion designer Christian Dior is born
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