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On this day February 13

1689 English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights.

1945 US war planes firebomb Dresden, killing more than 35,000 civilians.

1974 Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel prize-winning author, stripped of Soviet citizenship.

2008 Prime minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Aboriginal people and the stolen generations.

2009 The government's $42 billion stimulus package passes the Senate.