The story of our times told by the people who were there.
The remarkable story of Maryam Mursal, one of the superstars of 1970s Somali music .
Russia's first radio DJ, Seva Novgorodsev, went on air at the height of the Cold War.
How the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch survived the Holocaust by playing music.
In 1976, a US magazine tested a psychic's claim that he could bend metal with his mind.
In August 2005 a massive hurricane hit the city of New Orleans in the USA.
The first edition of one of the world's best-selling books was published in August 1955.
How a Mexican-American march against the Vietnam War descended into chaos in 1970.
On 21 Aug 1983, the opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, was shot dead in the Philippines
In the summer of 1988 thousands of political prisoners were suddenly executed in Iran.
A clash between a religious commune and the locals leads to the mass poisoning of a town.
In August 1915 the Scottish architect was arrested on suspicion of spying.
Esteban Volkov recalls the murder of his grandfather, Leon Trotsky, in Mexico in Aug 1940
The disastrous raid by Allied forces on the German occupied French port of Dieppe in WW2.
How six English farmworkers defied the authorities to form a trade union in 1834.
In August 1945 Korea is split along the 38th parallel.
The story of one young American girl held prisoner by the Japanese during WW2.
In 1996 struggling author JK Rowling finds a publisher at last for wizard Harry Potter.
A convict's experience of the notorious French penal colony in South America.
Peter Larson tells us how his team discovered the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world
In 1995 two of the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's son-in-laws defected to Jordan.
Singapore leaves the Federation of Malaysia and becomes an independent sovereign state
A Japanese schoolgirl tells her story of surviving the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima
In August 1996 in Iran, there was a plot to kill 21 writers on a bus jouney to Armenia
In August 1978 an Australian doctor successfully fitted a multi-channel cochlear implant.
In July 1973 military officers staged a coup which toppled the monarchy in Afghanistan
In August 1960 the controversial Oscar-nominated psychological thriller was released
In July 1964, a white actor and a black actress, kissed, live, on a British TV show
On 1 August 1944, the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation of Poland began