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Columbine High School Massacre (1999)

On 20 April 1999, two teenagers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, walked into their school, Columbine High, with their trench coats loaded with guns,...

Comic Relief

1 9 8 8 - Current (UK) Exploiting the talents of comedians and comic actors from various generations and backgrounds, Comic Relief has been described as a Children...

Congo Crisis

Before 1960 the Congo was a Belgian colony. It became independent on 30 June 1960 and the country was soon thrown into chaos. The Belgian...

Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II

1 9 5 3 (UK) The British nation came to a standstill on 2 June 1953. Thousands lined the streets of London, while in homes and offices...

Cuban Missile Crisis

In 1959 a revolution took place in Cuba and Fidel Castro came to power. He introduced a Soviet-style government on the island and he...

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)

The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, on 6 September 1997, drew reported television viewing figures of 2.5 billion worldwide, making it the most...

Decimal Currency

In 1966, plans were introduced in Britain for conversion to decimal currency. After five years of planning and with a public fearful of the outcome,...

Expo 67

The 1967 International and Universal Exposition - or Expo 67, as it was commonly known - was a World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 27...

Falklands War (1982)

In 1982 - after years of failed negotiations - Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and the unthinkable happened - Britain went to war. The Islands...

Fall of Saigon (1975)

The war in Vietnam ended abruptly on 30 April 1975.  Saigon surrendered almost without a struggle as North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the city...

Farm Aid

In the 1980s American farmers were confronted by a crisis more severe than any since the Great Depression. Many who depended on agriculture for...

Festival Of Britain (1951)

The Festival Of Britain was an artistic and cultural festival held in London from 3 May to 30 September 1951, both to commemorate the...

Funeral of John F Kennedy (1963)

November 22 - 25, 1963 (USA) Air Force One touched down at Andrews Air Force on 22 November a little after 6 pm, a mere two...

Graeme Thorne Kidnapping (1960)

Sydney (Australia) father Basil Thorne and his wife Freda won £100,000 in one of the first Opera House lotteries on 1 June 1960, and...

Granny Killer

Infamous 'Granny Killer' John Wayne Glover began his reign of terror at Mosman in Sydney's north, murdering six elderly women over a 13-month period. Each...

Granville Disaster (1977)

Tuesday 18 January 1977 starts as an ordinary working day in Sydney, Australia. Then at 8:12am, a city-bound commuter train from Mt Victoria in...

Great Train Robbery (1963)

In the early hours of of 8 August 1963 an armed gang of 15 men held up the overnight Glasgow-to-London Travelling Post Office train...

Greenham Common

Site of a peace demonstration on public land near Newbury, Berkshire, UK, outside a US airbase.  The women-only camp was established in September 1981...

Grenada (1983)

The United States Government sent 6,000 troops to invade Grenada in October 1983 after leaders of a local ''''Revolutionary Military Council'''' (RMC) ousted and...

Gulf War (1991)

Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. The justification was an old territorial claim on the Gulf state, but the main reasons were economic. Iraq...

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...