Events

Home Decades Events

1960 Olympic Games (Rome)

Though the Rome games were held at the height of the Mediterranean summer (against medical advice) they were a spectacular success. Making the most of the country’s rich history, the wrestling competition was held in the...

1964 Olympic Games (Tokyo)

The first-ever Olympic Games to be held in Asia took place in Tokyo in 1964, 24 years after the Japanese wartime government had forced their Olympic Committee to resign as hosts after they had last...

1966 World Cup Final

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...

1968 Olympic Games (Mexico)

The 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico were the first to have widespread television coverage and, for those lucky enough to own the right TV, in colour for the first time. Controversy dogged the Mexico City Olympic...

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...

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 time being, it was known in medical circles as GRID or Gay...

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...

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 popular superstition and decided not to jump from Apollo 12 to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bob-A-Job Week

Beginning in 1949, for one week a year in April, all Scout groups across Britain 'hired out' their Scouts and Cubs for "Bob-a-Job week", issuing them with job cards and instructions to go round to...

Chernobyl

On 26 April 1986 the Number 4 reactor of the V.I. Lenin nuclear power station at Chernobyl (Ukraine) exploded. The Soviet Union admitted the accident four days after it occurred as high radiation levels were detected in...

Civil Rights Movement

In December 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, a black woman named Rosa Parks insisted on sitting in the front of a bus. The segregation laws in America's deep south reserved the front section of public buses for whites, although...

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 Truman's intent for the USA to "support free peoples who are...

FEATURED 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 stockpile of atomic bombs. 05 - President Truman rules out military aid...

1951

January 01 - Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 - First episode of The Archers is broadcast nationally on the BBC Light Programme. 01 - Bill Byford (Saxon) born. 04 -...

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 only long-range jet for carrying the atomic bomb, crashes. 13 - The Iranian...

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 - The RAFs first supersonic fighters, 400 US-designed Sabres, arrive at...

1954

January 01 - Flashing indicator lights become legal on motor vehicles in Britain. 10 - A BOAC Comet jet airliner on its way from Singapore to London comes down into the Mediterranean about 20 minutes after taking...

1955

January 01 - The US gives $216 million in aid to South Vietnam. 01 - The 1955 Cotton Bowl Classic American football game is won by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. 02 - President José Antonio Remón Cantera...

1956

January 01 - Sudan becomes an independent Republic. 03 - USSR gives technical aid to China. 03 - Movie star Mel Gibson is born in New York. 05 - Prince Rainier III of Monaco announces his engagement to actress...