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31 years ago ( 1989)

Fol­low­ing the mas­sacre of 10 Royal Ma­rine bands­men by the IRA, we claimed poor se­cu­rity at the army bar­racks in Deal, Kent, fol­low­ing Tory cuts had left them vul­ner­a­ble.

Another sol­dier would die in hospi­tal a month later.

The bomb­ing came as Repub­li­cans stepped up at­tacks on Bri­tish troops, now in their 20th year of de­ploy­ment in North­ern Ire­land.

69 years ago ( 1951)

King Ge­orge VI un­der­went an op­er­a­tion to re­move part of his lung while bul­letins on his con­di­tion were pinned to the rail­ings at Buck­ing­ham Palace, where well- wish­ers gath­ered.

A heavy smoker, the king failed to make a full re­cov­ery and died qui­etly in bed on Fe­bru­ary 6 the fol­low­ing year.

20 years ago ( 2000)

Bri­tish rower Steve Red­grave won his fifth con­sec­u­tive gold medal, at the Syd­ney Olympics, mak­ing him the most suc­cess­ful male rower in Olympic his­tory.

He won gold along­side Matthew Pin­sent, Tim Fos­ter and James Crack­nell in the cox­less fours.

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