Hands Across America (1986)

On Sunday 25 May 1986, Americans were asked to simultaneously hold hands across a 4,137-mile route stretching from California's Santa Monica Pier to New...

Hungarian Uprising (1956)

In October 1956, Hungary rose in revolt against Soviet domination. For three days the ordinary people fought Soviet tanks and the hated security police,...

Iran-Contra Affair (Irangate)

The term "Irangate" was used to describe the 1987 US political scandal involving senior members of the Reagan administration (the name echoes the Nixon administration's Watergate). Congressional hearings in 1986...

Iran/Iraq War

Iraq had, since 1970, enjoyed a fluctuating relationship with Syria, sometimes distant and sometimes close enough to contemplate a complete political and economic union. By...

Isle of Wight Festival (1970)

A small island separated from the UK mainland by the waters of the Solent, the Isle of Wight at the end of the 1960s...

Kent State Shootings (1970)

On 4 May 1970, four students, two of them girls, were killed by shots fired by the National Guard who were called in to...

Korean War

At the end of World War II, Korea - formerly occupied by Japan - was divided along the 38th Parallel. In the north, the Russians...

Live Aid

On 25 November 1984, 36 British recording artists gathered at a studio in Notting Hill, London to donate their time and talent to a...

Lockerbie (1988)

Pan Am flight 103 - a Boeing 747-121 named Clipper Maid of the Seas - left London Heathrow Airport at 6:25 pm on 21 December 1988...

Mandela Day Concert (1988)

The Mandela Day Concert staged on 11 June 1988 at London's Wembley Stadium was organised by Special AKA main man Jerry Dammers and Britain's...

Martin Luther King Speech (28 August 1963)

"There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the coloured citizen is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue...

Miners Strike (1984 – 1985)

British strike against pit closures that lasted almost a year from April 1984. The National Union of Miners (NUM), led by its Marxist president, Arthur...

Monterey Pop Festival (1967)

The most memorable musical event of 1967 was the Monterey International Pop Festival, held in the Californian sunshine over three days between June 16th...

Moon Landing (1969)

It seemed the whole world had stopped. Then, clear as crystal, came those immortal words . . . "That's one small step for man...

Moorgate Tube Crash (1975)

On 28 February 1975, a tube train rammed into the end of a dead-end tunnel at Moorgate on the London Underground, killing the driver...

My Lai massacre

In one of the most horrific incidents of violence against civilians during the Vietnam War, a company of American soldiers brutally killed the majority...

National Service

Young British men in the 1950's were confronted by the daunting prospect of being "called up" for National Service. Under the terms of the National...

O.J. Simpson Trial (1995)

In his sporting prime, Orenthal James Simpson - a.k.a. The Juice - was an American institution. Born in San Francisco in 1947, he played...

Paris Riots (1968)

The events in Paris of May 1968 - Les événements - are part of the collective memory of French society. The trouble had begun when police forcibly...

Poll Tax Riots (1990)

The 1979 Conservative Party election manifesto promised reforms to local tax laws in Great Britain. The resulting Community Charge legislation was due for implementation...

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“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

“Love & Mercy” in Cinemas 5 June

Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalogue of...

“Wicker Man” sequel shoot called off

3 April 2008 Plans to film a sequel to the cult movie The Wicker Man have been halted due to "financing problems". Cameras were due to...