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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...

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...

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...