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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...

Royal Wedding (1981)

Wednesday 29 July 1981 (UK) "I just absolutely thought I was the luckiest girl in the world" Diana later said of her wedding day. Around the globe, over 700 million...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Test Tube Babies

The world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, weighing five pounds twelve ounces, was delivered by a Caesarean operation at Oldham District General Hospital, Greater...

Space Race, The

In the 1950's and 1960's, the USA and the Soviet Union raced each other to be first into space. The Soviet Union won. On 4...

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...

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...

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1996

January 05 - Yahya Ayyash - thought to be behind a wave of Islamic suicide bombings against Israel - is killed in Gaza by a...

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...

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,...

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...

1960

January 01 - French Cameroon becomes the Republic of Cameroon with Ahmadun Ahidjo as its first president. 01 - Johnny Cash performs a New Year Concert...