February 7 – 65 years ago the Munich air disaster killed 23 people

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Skipper Roger Byrne and Mirror sports writer Archie Ledbrooke were among those who died. Manager Matt Busby and striker Bobby Charlton survived the tragedy.

49 years ago (1974) Conservative PM Ted Heath called a snap election in response to a breakdown in talks with the National Union of Mineworkers.

The miners refused to call off their strike and were joined by other unions.

Heath ultimately lost the election and new PM Harold Wilson formed a minority Labour Government.

18 years ago (2005) British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe having completed the 27,000-mile voyage in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

Shortly, after she was made a Dame in recognition of her achievements and in 2008 was awarded the French Legion of Honour.

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