It is exactly 50 years since Nigeria became independent
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The book that gave DDT - a synthetic pesticide - a bad name
In 1968 the rock musical Hair finally opened on the London stage
On 27 September 1996 Taliban fighters took control of the Afghan capital Kabul
In the early 1970s Britain and Iceland were locked in a conflict - over fish.
It's 70 years since the beginning of the Blitz - the bombing of British towns and cities.
On September 22nd 1980 Saddam Hussein sent Iraqi troops into Iran.
The strike at Ford's car factory Dagenham led to equal pay legislation in the UK
In 1979 the Emperor of the Central African Republic, Jean Bedel Bokassa, was overthrown.
It is 50 years since the first Paralympic Games were held in Rome
Reflecting on the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps
The day that one of America's largest banks collapsed, triggering a global financial panic
The last time a Pope came to Britain was John Paul II's visit in 1982
How the sci-fi classic Star Trek was born
The playwright, Ariel Dorfman, recalls the coup in Chile in September 1973.
In 1957, a government committee shocked Britain by calling for homosexuality to be legal.
Children were evacuated from Britain's towns and cities at the beginning of World War Two.
In 1977 the Baader Meinhof gang kidnapped and killed a leading German businessman.
Lord Mountbatten, pillar of the British establishment, was killed by the IRA in 1979
Six years on from the school siege in Beslan, one schoolgirl remembers
An insight into past Middle East Peace talks - a sense of humour makes a difference.
On 1 September 1985 scientists located the wreckage of the Titanic on the ocean floor