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1960 Olympic Games (Rome)

Though the games were held at the height of the Mediterranean summer (against medical advice) they were a spectacular success. Memorable victories seen around the...

1966 World Cup

In 1966 England hosted the World Cup, in a climate of football fever generated in-part by the much-loved mascot World Cup Willie. The cartoon lion...

1968 Olympic Games (Mexico)

Controversy dogged the Mexico City Olympic Games from first to last. Even before the opening ceremony, a student riot in the city was brutally...

Afghanistan War

In December 1979, the Soviet Union expanded its Communist Empire by installing a pro-Soviet government in Afghanistan. The USSR had already infiltrated Afghanistan, supplying the...

AIDS

  The disease that would eventually become known as AIDS began to surface in 1981, killing mostly gay men in large urban areas. For the...

Altamont (1969)

On Saturday 6 December 1969, some 300,000 people turned up for a free Rolling Stones concert at a speedway track near San Francisco called Altamont. While Woodstock, four...

Anorexia and Bulimia

The secretive world of Bulimia and Anorexia was exposed through the tragic death of Karen Carpenter. It slowly crept into mainstream culture until every...

Apollo 13 (1970)

America’s third moon mission, Apollo 13, was launched on 11 April 1970. The crew of astronauts James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise had ignored...

Arab – Israeli Wars

Series of wars and territorial conflicts between Israel and various Arab states in the Middle East since the founding of the state of Israel...

Assassination of JFK (1963)

President Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963 - shot in the head as he was driven through Dallas, Texas, in an open car on his...

Bay of Pigs

Fidel Castro overthrew the US-backed Batista dictatorship in January 1959 to take control of Cuba, and in 1960 he took over US oil refineries in...

Beaumont Children Disappearance (1966)

In Adelaide, Australia, on 28 January 1966, three children from the Beaumont family, Jane (9), Arnna (7) and Grant (4) vanished from Glenelg beach after...

Berlin Wall

In 1945, at the end of WWII, Germany was divided into a Soviet Zone in the East, and British, French and American Zone in...

Black Power

1966 was, in all respects, a crucial turning point for the black movement in America. In that year the Black Panther party was founded in Oakland, California,...

Black September

Palestinian terrorists, members of the Black September Arab guerrilla group, broke into the Israeli athletes' compound at the Munich Olympics on 5 September 1972. ...

Bloody Sunday

"Bloody Sunday" was the name given to the events of Sunday 30 January 1972 when 13 unarmed demonstrators in the Bogside area of Londonderry,...

Chernobyl

On 26 April 1986 the Number 4 reactor of the V.I. Lenin nuclear power station at Chernobyl (Ukraine) exploded. The Soviet Union admitted the accident...

Civil Rights Movement

In December 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, a black woman named Rosa Parks insisted on sitting in the front of a bus. The segregation laws in America's deep...

Cold War

The term ''Cold War'' was first used by Bernard Baruch, advisor to US President Truman, in a speech made in April 1947. He spoke about...

Collapse of Communism

The founders of communism promised a new kind of state based on fairness and equality. Under the leadership of Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet communism moved a long...

FEATURED DECADES POSTS

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...