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TODAY: tuesday, february 23, 2016.

On this day

44 YEARS AGO (1972) The killing of five women, a civilian and a priest by a bomb at Parachute Regiment HQ in Aldershot makes for a stark front page. The IRA Official Wing in Dublin claimed the attack was retaliation for Bloody Sunday.

6 YEARS AGO (2010)

The United Nations revealed that two thirds of the world's population - around 4.6 billion people - now owned and used mobile phones.

62 YEARS AGO (1954)

The first mass inoculation against polio begins in the US. It previously killed half a million people annually, but could be eradicated by 2018.


Actress Emily Blunt is 33 today. She was once an item with Canadian singer Michael Buble. Michael Caine's wife Shakira is 69. She came third in the 1969 Miss World contest. Easy Rider actor Peter Fonda is 76. He's a keen motorcyclist and says it helps him focus. And many happy returns to reader Fred Alton from Doncaster who is 72 today.

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Today's events

10.45am Environment Secretary Liz Truss addresses the National Farmers' Union in Birmingham.

7.30pm Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Matthew Bourne starts tonight at The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. The tale becomes a supernatural love story even time can't stop.

7.45pm Arsenal take on Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals.

Today's giggle

I've bought a second-hand car and the only gear that works is reverse. Oh well, it gets me from B to A.

5,000 Great One Liners, compiled by Grant Tucker. Biteback publishing.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2016
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