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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...

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...

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...

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...

Dwight D (Ike) Eisenhower

Dwight David Eisenhower was born on 14 October 1890, at Denison, Texas, the third of seven sons of David Jacob and Ida Elizabeth Stover...

Fallout Shelters

As the 1950s dawned, a Communist attack seemed imminent. The Russians had grabbed Berlin and in 1949 had successfully tested their own A-bomb. China had...

John F Kennedy

1 9 1 7 - 1 9 6 3 Born in 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the second son of a millionaire Democrat power-broker, Joseph...

Nikita Khrushchev

1 8 9 4 - 1 9 7 1 A coal miner's son from Kalinovka, Ukraine, Nikita Khrushchev became involved in trade union activities during...

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King and Castle

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Weather Girls, The

The Weather Girls, Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, started out in the gospel group NOW (News of the World) before becoming backup singers with...

He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) 65 x 25 minute episodes In a distant and mystical land, wimpy and happy-go-lucky Prince Adam of...

Gibbsville

1 9 7 6 (USA) 8 x 60 minute episodes The saga of a small Pennsylvanian mining town and its people during the 1940s, based on The Gibbsville...

Heartbreak High

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 9 (Australia) 210 x episodes This teenage drama set in Hartley High School - a (fictional) rough multi-racial inner-city high...

12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men is the most probing, incisive, and penetrating look into the hearts and minds of a jury that has ever been filmed. Sidney Lumet...

Piranha (1978)

Two Texan teenagers (Roger Richman and Janie Squire) find shelter for the night in an abandoned military research centre and go for a swim...