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Events and Birthdays on 17 December

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Events on this day, 17 December

Former school caretaker Ian Huntley is convicted of the murders of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Six Red Cross workers are shot dead as they sleep in a hospital in Chechnya.

Three police officers and three members of the public are killed and many others injured after a car bomb attack near Harrods.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates reject Opec's recommended 15% oil price increase and choose to impose a lower price rise.

An 11-year-old girl is sentenced to life in detention at Newcastle Assizes for killing two small boys.

German tanks, aircraft and paratroops cross the Luxembourg and Belgian borders in massive counter-offensive.

Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden condemns the persecution of Jews in Eastern Europe.

Birthdays on this day, 17 December

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