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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

1962

January 01 - Western Samoa becomes independent. 01 - The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records, whose A&R man Dick Rowe enters the history books...

1980

January 01 - In Northern Quebec (Canada), a fire kills 45 people at the Opemiska Club after a young man sets fire to party decorations...

Apollo 13 (1970)

America’s third moon mission, Apollo 13, was launched on 11 April 1970. The crew of astronauts James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise had ignored...