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1959

January 01 - The dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's guerrillas and flees to the Dominican Republic. 02 - Fidel Castro proclaims...

1958

January 01 - Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 - The European Economic Community (the "common market")...

1957

January 01 - Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) born. 04 - A London man upset with the shape of his nose is jailed for ten years for...

1956

January 01 - Sudan becomes an independent Republic. 03 - USSR gives technical aid to China. 03 - Movie star Mel Gibson is born in New York. 05...

1955

January 01 - The US gives $216 million in aid to South Vietnam. 02 - President Jose Remon is assassinated in Panama. 06 - Comic actor (Blackadder and...

1954

January 01 - Flashing indicator lights become legal on motor vehicles in Britain. 11 - A BOAC Comet jet airliner falls into the Mediterranean with the...

1953

January 01 - The Maldive Islands become a republic. 01 - Arthur 'Bomber' Harris is knighted in the New Year Honours list. 01 - Hank Williams dies. 02...

1952

January 05 - Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for talks with Truman. 07 - General Dwight D Eisenhower says he will run for US President. 12 - The prototype Vickers Valiant, Britain's...

1951

January 01 - Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 - Bill Byford (Saxon) born. 04 - Seoul is...

1950

January 01 - Radio Beijing announces that Tibet will shortly be "liberated". 03 - Wafd Party wins Egyptian elections. 04 - Britain asks the US for a...

The 1950s

The Second World War was over. In Britain, the National Health Service was newly created (1948) and the coal industry and the railways were...

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O.J. Simpson Trial (1995)

In his sporting prime, Orenthal James Simpson - a.k.a. The Juice - was an American institution. Born in San Francisco in 1947, he played...

1958

January 01 - Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 - The European Economic Community (the "common market")...

1993

January 01 - Czechoslovakia is peacefully divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 03 - George Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction...

1967

January 01 - In Britain, Alf Ramsey is knighted and Bobby Moore gets an OBE in the New Years Honours. 01 - All Night Rave at...

Prague Spring, The (1968)

In August 1968, Soviet tanks crossed the border into Czechoslovakia to crush what was known as 'the Prague Spring'. Czech society had been becoming...