The hippy commune in Colorado in the Summer of Love, 1967.
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The story of an extraordinary act of courage by the civil rights leader Martin Luther King
How villagers awoke to find hundreds of friends and neighbours mysteriously dead
A pivotal moment in American popular culture - the Woodstock festival of 1969.
White students in apartheid South Africa stage a sit-in protest against racial injustice.
How thousands of Basque children were evacuated to Britain during the Spanish Civil War.
The theft of the Mona Lisa from the museum of the Louvre in Paris in August 1911
Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care, the book that revolutionised child care.
The failed attempt to overthrow the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachov in August 1991
The picnic that led to the first breaches of the Iron Curtain in 1989
The bomb that destroyed the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.
It is 60 years since The Goon Show first hit the airwaves
During the 1930s the people of the US faced widespread economic hardship
It is 10 years since the closure of the world's first music-sharing website - Napster
A Chagos Islander talks of Britain's expulsion of his people from their homeland.
On 13 August 1961, East German soldiers and construction workers began the Berlin Wall
In August 1979 the seaside town of Brighton decided to open a nudist beach