In 1986, two Soviet space probes intercepted Halley's Comet
In 1970 feminists stormed the stage at the Miss World pageant in London.
In March 1984, coal miners across the UK went on strike over planned pit closures
In spring 1959, an Indian guru toured the world teaching Transcendental Meditation.
Left-leaning army officers staged an unsuccessful coup in Venezuela in February 1992
In February 2004 the president of Haiti was forced out of power by a countrywide uprising
In the 1950s Soviet citizens were allowed to buy tape recorders for the first time.
In February 1984 an outrageous satirical puppet show hit British television screens
How nearly half a million Chechen and Ingush people were deported from the North Caucasus
In February 1952 thousands marched in Dhaka in defence of the Bengali language
In February 1991 protesters pulled down the giant statue of Albania's communist dictator.
Deng Xiaoping's translator, Victor Gao remembers the architect of China's transformation
In February 1941, a ship carrying nearly 30,000 cases of whisky was wrecked in Scotland.
The rise and fall of a New York graffiti artist
Sandinista 'Daniel Alegria' on the brutal fight with US-backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua
On 13 February 1974 the Russian dissident writer was sent into exile in the West
In 1979, the Islamic Revolution changed Iranian women's lives forever.
In 2004, the US began to realise Saddam Hussein may not have been stockpiling WMDs
In 1939 tension was growing in Europe, over Nazi Germany's expansionist plans
On 7 February 1964 the pop group the Beatles were met by hysterical crowds in the USA
In 1946 tens of thousands of British women went to Canada on the first 'war brides' ship
In February 1944, the first electronic computer began attacking coded Nazi messages
In February 2004, 23 Chinese immigrants drowned off the coast of north-west England
In 1992 a war erupted in the separatist Georgian territory of Abkhazia
The death of former NFL star Mike Webster led to questions about safety in 2002
In January 1961, the US closed down its embassy in Cuba and withdrew all diplomatic staff
In 2006, Russian activists broke the law to stage the first gay pride march in Moscow.
In January 1952 hundreds of buildings were deliberately set ablaze in downtown Cairo
In 1943, Rome's Jewish citizens were promised safety if they gave gold to the Nazis.
Rare archive recordings of people who lived through the unification of Nigeria in 1914