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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 way from these ideals and…

On 20 April 1999, two teenagers, Dylan Klebold (17) and Eric Harris (18), walked into their school, Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado, with their trench coats loaded with guns,…

Before 1960 the Congo was a Belgian colony. It became independent on 30 June 1960 and the country was soon thrown into chaos. The Belgian government had done very little to…

1 9 5 3 (UK) The British nation came to a standstill on 2 June 1953. Thousands lined the streets of London, while in homes and offices the length and breadth…

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 looked to the Soviet Union for…

The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, on Saturday 6 September 1997, drew reported television viewing figures of 2.5 billion worldwide, making it the most-watched TV event ever. The sudden…

In 1966, plans were introduced in Britain for conversion to decimal currency. After five years of planning and with a public fearful of the outcome, the changeover to decimal currency…

The 1967 International and Universal Exposition – or Expo 67, as it was commonly known – was a World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 27 April to 29 October 1967. The…

In 1982 – after years of failed negotiations – Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and the unthinkable happened – Britain went to war. The Islands (known as the “Malvinas” in…

The war in Vietnam ended abruptly on 30 April 1975.  Saigon surrendered almost without a struggle as North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the city and knocked down the gates of…

In the 1980s American farmers were confronted by a crisis more severe than any since the Great Depression. Many who depended on agriculture for their livelihood faced financial ruin. Some…

On 3 May 1951, King George VI opened the Festival Of Britain in London, an artistic and cultural festival to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Exhibition of 1851…

November 22 – 25, 1963 (USA) Air Force One touched down at Andrews Air Force on 22 November a little after 6 pm, a mere two minutes after technicians had cobbled…

Sydney (Australia) father Basil Thorne and his wife Freda won £100,000 in one of the first Opera House lotteries on 1 June 1960, and they were ecstatic. The Bondi family…

Infamous ‘Granny Killer’ John Wayne Glover began his reign of terror at Mosman in Sydney’s north, murdering six elderly women over a 13-month period in 1989 and 1990. Each time…

Tuesday 18 January 1977 started as an ordinary working day in Sydney, Australia. Then at 8:12 am, the 6:09 express city-bound commuter train from Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains…

In the early hours of 8 August 1963 an armed gang of 15 men held up the overnight Glasgow-to-London Travelling Post Office train in what soon became known as The…

Site of a peace demonstration on public land near Newbury, Berkshire, UK, outside a US airbase.  The women-only camp was established in September 1981 in protest against the siting of…

The United States Government sent 6,000 troops to invade Grenada in October 1983 after leaders of a local ”Revolutionary Military Council” (RMC) ousted and killed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and…