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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...

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...

Cost of Living in Australia in 1977

Average Weekly Wage (male): $149.93 Average Weekly Wage (female): $138.71 3-seater sofa and 2 x leather-look armchairs: $259.00 Chrome and Glass Coffee Table (Square): $29.00 62cm...

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,...

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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...