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‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, one of the most turbulent episodes in modern British history, had political and religious roots that were centuries old – Some people in Northern Ireland, especially…

On 29 March 1979, a major accident occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania, USA. A leaking coolant led to overheating, but the signals were wrongly…

In 1973, the oil-producing nations of the world finally decided to flex their muscles, to use their resources as weapons, and to control for their own benefit the hitherto seemingly…

In a brutal and horrific show of force, the Chinese Government vented its fury and frustration on student dissidents and their supporters on 4 June 1989. Up to 2,600 people…

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July, the government and people of the United States celebrated in 1976 with a nationwide celebration commemorating the…

French Indochina was captured by the Japanese during WWII. After 1945 the French tried unsuccessfully to restore their rule in Vietnam, and in 1954 they were defeated by the Vietnamese…

At 2.30 am on 17 June 1972, during the lead-up to the 1972 American presidential elections, five intruders broke into the Democratic National Committee’s offices in the Watergate apartment complex…

On 29 January 1966, a  57-year-old cleaner was brutally slain as she worked alone in the Piccadilly Arcade in Wollongong, NSW (Australia). The mutilation of Wilhelmina Kruger (pictured below right) instilled…

It remains the defining assembly of rock music – an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy clad Americans “going up the country” in New York’s Catskill Mountains,…

In addition to debating whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the “real” beginning of the new millennium, the Western World pondered the effect the Y2K bug would have upon daily…