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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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27 September 1986 Balloonfest ’86 was intended to be a harmless fundraising publicity stunt that would help elevate Cleveland in the eyes of the American…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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