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Y2K Bug

In addition to debating whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the "real" beginning of the new millennium, the Western World pondered the effect the...

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,...

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...

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...

Watergate

On 17 June 1972, during the lead-up to the 1972 American presidential elections, five intruders broke into the Democratic National Committee's offices in the...

Vietnam War

French Indochina was captured by the Japanese during WWII. After 1945 the French tried unsuccessfully to restore their rule in Vietnam, and in 1954...

U.S. Bicentennial (1976)

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July, the government and people of the United States celebrated in 1976...

Tiananmen Square (1989)

In a brutal and horrific show of force, the Chinese Government vented its fury and frustration on student dissidents and their supporters on 4...

Three Mile Island (1979)

On 29 March 1979 a major accident occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania, USA. A leaking coolant led to overheating,...

Three-Day Week (1973 – 1974)

In 1973, the oil-producing nations of the world finally decided to flex their muscles, to use their resources as weapons, and to control for...

Summer of Love (1967)

The symbols and totems of the 1967 Summer of Love are legion: peace signs painted on hippy girls' cheeks, flowers in the hair, tribal...

Suez Crisis (1956)

British troops had protected the neutrality of the Anglo-French-owned Suez Canal for nearly 70 years, but in June 1956, Britain handed that responsibility to...

Silver Jubilee (1977)

In 1935 when King George V celebrated his silver jubilee, the Empire had to come to London. In 1977, acknowledging the changed times, Queen...

Red Wedge (1986)

In a desperate attempt to prevent a third consecutive Tory victory at the looming General Election, Red Wedge - a coalition of Socialist-minded musicians...

Reds Under The Bed

Cold War America was a hotbed of fear and suspicion of possible Communist infiltrators and spies - known as 'the enemy within' - and...

Rainbow Warrior Bombing (1985)

Around midnight on 10 July 1985, French secret agents bombed the Greenpeace environmental patrol ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand's Auckland harbour, ripping apart the hull...

Profumo Scandal

John Profumo, the British Secretary of State for War and member for Stratford-on-Avon, was a charming and respected Tory politician who was educated 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...

Poll Tax Riots (1990)

The 1979 Conservative Party election manifesto promised reforms to local tax laws in Great Britain. The resulting Community Charge legislation was due for implementation...

Paris Riots (1968)

The events in Paris of May 1968 - Les événements - are part of the collective memory of French society. The trouble had begun when police forcibly...

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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...

Thalidomide

Thalidomide was a pharmaceutical ingredient used in medicines in the early 1960s as a sedative, and prescribed mainly to expectant mothers in the early...

Poll Tax Riots (1990)

The 1979 Conservative Party election manifesto promised reforms to local tax laws in Great Britain. The resulting Community Charge legislation was due for implementation...

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...

Three-Day Week (1973 – 1974)

In 1973, the oil-producing nations of the world finally decided to flex their muscles, to use their resources as weapons, and to control for...