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Halley’s Comet (1986)

Halley’s Comet has been observed by our ancestors since 240 BC. The comet is significant in that it can be seen from earth by...

Hands Across America (1986)

On Sunday 25 May 1986, Americans were asked to simultaneously hold hands across a 4,137-mile route stretching from California's Santa Monica Pier to New...

Hungarian Uprising (1956)

In October 1956, Hungary rose in revolt against Soviet domination. For three days the ordinary people fought Soviet tanks and the hated security police,...

Iran-Contra Affair (Irangate)

The term "Irangate" was used to describe the 1987 US political scandal involving senior members of the Reagan administration (the name echoes the Nixon administration's Watergate). Congressional hearings in 1986...

Iran/Iraq War

Iraq had, since 1970, enjoyed a fluctuating relationship with Syria, sometimes distant and sometimes close enough to contemplate a complete political and economic union. By...

Isle of Wight Festival (1970)

A small island separated from the UK mainland by the waters of the Solent, the Isle of Wight at the end of the 1960s...

Kent State Shootings (1970)

On 4 May 1970, four students, two of them girls, were killed by shots fired by the National Guard who were called in to...

Korean War

After two years of skirmishes around the 38th parallel that divided the communist north (The Democratic People's Republic of Korea) from the non-communist Republic...

Live Aid

On 25 November 1984, 36 British recording artists gathered at a studio in Notting Hill, London to donate their time and talent to a...

Lockerbie (1988)

On 10 July 1992, a New York jury found Pan Am responsible for allowing a terrorist to destroy Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988,...

Mandela Day Concert (1988)

The Mandela Day Concert staged on 11 June 1988 at London's Wembley Stadium was organised by Special AKA main man Jerry Dammers and Britain's...

Martin Luther King Speech (28 August 1963)

"There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the coloured citizen is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue...

Miners Strike (1984 – 1985)

British strike against pit closures that lasted almost a year from April 1984. The National Union of Miners (NUM), led by its Marxist president, Arthur...

Monterey Pop Festival (1967)

The most memorable musical event of 1967 was the Monterey International Pop Festival, held in the Californian sunshine over three days between June 16th...

Moon Landing (1969)

It seemed the whole world had stopped. Then, clear as crystal, came those immortal words . . . "That's one small step for man...

Moorgate Tube Crash (1975)

On 28 February 1975 a tube train  rammed into the end of a dead-end tunnel at Moorgate on the London Underground, killing the driver...

National Service

Young British men in the 1950's were confronted by the daunting prospect of National Service. Under the terms of the National Service Act of 1948...

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...

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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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...