1960 Olympic Games (Rome)

Though the games were held at the height of the Mediterranean summer (against medical advice) they were a spectacular success. Memorable victories seen around the world - for these Games were the first to get saturation TV coverage - were those of the Tennessee beauty, Wilma Rudolph, Frankfurt office worker Armin Hary, local hero Livio(...)

1966 World Cup

1966 World Cup

In 1966 England hosted the World Cup, in a climate of football fever generated in-part by the much-loved mascot World Cup Willie. The cartoon lion appeared on everything from beer to breakfast cereals. Of the 16 nations that reached the final stages, the biggest surprise was the demise of the holders, Brazil, who lost Pelé through(...)

1968 Olympic Games (Mexico)

Controversy dogged the Mexico City Olympic Games from first to last. Even before the opening ceremony, a student riot in the city was brutally put down by the authorities, and the berets, black gloves and clenched-fist salutes of the American "Black Power" athletes severely embarrassed the US Olympic Association and led to some athletes being summarily(...)

Afghanistan War

In December 1979, the Soviet Union expanded its Communist Empire by installing a pro-Soviet government in Afghanistan. The USSR had already infiltrated Afghanistan, supplying the government with arms and ammunition to aid its battle with the Mujahedeen (Muslim rebels supported by Pakistan) and sending in 5,000 Soviet combat troops, which took control of the country.(...)


  The disease that would eventually become known as AIDS began to surface in 1981, killing mostly gay men in large urban areas. For the time being, it was known in medical circles as GRID, or Gay Related Immune Deficiency. AIDS initially produced many social prejudices about homosexuality and intravenous drug use, and much education(...)

Altamont (1969)

On Saturday 6 December 1969, some 300,000 people turned up for a free Rolling Stones concert at a speedway track near San Francisco called Altamont. While Woodstock, four months earlier, had been the zenith of the hippie dream, Altamont marked its nightmarish nadir after an 18-year-old black man, Meredith Hunter, was murdered by a Hells Angel mere feet(...)

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 skinny girl was tortured by teachers, family and friends worrying over her obvious eating disorder. Famous folk were outed as Anorexics or Bulimics (in a similar way to Gay "outings"). Most(...)

Arab – Israeli Wars

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 in May 1948. These include the war of 1948 - 1949, the 1956 Suez War between Israel and Egypt, the Six-Day War of 1967, in which Israel captured territory from Syria(...)

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 way to a political festival. A number of shots were fired as crowds cheered him on a golden, sunny day. The 46-year-old President slumped in the car as his wife turned(...)

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 the country. In response, the United States stopped buying Cuban sugar and Castro retaliated by seizing all US-owned businesses in Cuba. When John F Kennedy replaced Dwight Eisenhower as president of(...)

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 taking a bus from their Somerton home 2km away. Their mother Nancy kissed them goodbye at 10am and told them to be home by 2pm. That was the last time she(...)

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 the West. The border between East and West Germany was closed on 26 May 1953. Control of the city of Berlin was also split. President John F Kennedy brought a new firm(...)

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, and Stokely Carmichael coined the slogan of 'Black Power'. The failure of the US anti-poverty programme and the struggle in the black community over control of funds precipitated a crisis -(...)

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.  Over 250 plain-clothes police had been brought into the Olympic Village following a tip-off of trouble ahead, but none of them saw the Arabs scale the fence. They burst into the(...)

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, Northern Ireland, were shot dead by soldiers from the British Army's 1st Parachute Regiment. One wounded man later died from an illness attributed to the shooting. The demonstrators were taking part(...)

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