In November 1982, the boxer Deuk-Koo Kim died of brain damage after a world-title fight. Read more
Death in the Boxing Ring
In November 1982, the boxer Deuk-Koo Kim died of brain damage after a world-title fight.
The Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr
In December 1963, the 19-year-old son of Frank Sinatra was kidnapped for a ransom.
The First Panda in the West
In 1936, a US socialite and her Chinese guide captured a giant panda and brought it to NY.
The Execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa
In 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists were executed by the Nigerian regime.
Tunnelling Under the Berlin Wall
In 1964 a group of West German students helped more than 50 people escape from East Berlin
The Killing of Dian Fossey
In 1985, the celebrated gorilla expert was murdered at her research station in Rwanda.
The Battle of the Carmens
At the 1988 Winter Olympics, an East German and an American ice dancer were vying for Gold
Women and the Iranian Revolution
In February 1979, Iran was undergoing a revolution which would lead to an Islamic state.
The Exile of Solzhenitsyn
In February 1974, Russia's most famous dissident writer was sent into exile in the West.
The Assassination of Benigno Aquino
In 1983, the Philippines opposition leader was shot dead on his return from exile.
Fighting the Contras in Nicaragua
A former left-wing Sandinista soldier talks about the war against US-backed Contras.
Taiwan - The 228 Incident
In early 1947, Chinese nationalist forces killed thousands of Taiwanese islanders.
The Failed Kidnapping of Princess Anne
On March 20 1974, Princess Anne escaped a kidnap attempt close to Buckingham Palace.
Germany's Guest Workers
In the 1960s, Germany recruited hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, many from Turkey
Kathrine Switzer: Women's Marathon Pioneer
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer broke the gender barrier and ran the historic Boston Marathon.
The Greek Military Coup
In April 1967, seven years of military dictatorship began in Greece.
The Fall of Idi Amin
In April 1979, the brutal Ugandan ruler Idi Amin was ousted by invading Tanzanian troops.
The Man Who Tried to Kill Hitler
In July 1944 a group of German officers attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
The Death of Frida Kahlo
On 13 July 1954, celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo died at the age of 47.
Steve Biko led South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement before he was killed in 1977.
The Crime That Shocked Argentina
In April 2004, the murder of a young student provoked a wave of protests in Argentina.
Jailed for Speaking his Mind in China
Harry Wu was a young student jailed for nearly 20 years in Communist China.
The Port Arthur Massacre
The murder of 35 people by one gunman led to sweeping changes in Australia's gun laws.
Remembering Chairman Mao
Chinese leader Mao Zedong died on 9 September 1976. Sidney Rittenberg knew him well.
Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters
In 1964, author Ken Kesey led a group of friends on a psychedelic road trip across the USA
Leipzig - Before the Wall Came Down
Massive demonstrations in the East German city heralded the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Death of Che Guevara
In October 1967, the Marxist revolutionary was captured and killed in Bolivia.
Voting Against the War on Terror
Only one person voted against giving the US president extra powers after 9/11: Barbara Lee
The Soweto Uprising
In 1976, schoolchildren marched in protest at the apartheid regime in South Africa.
The Murder of Anna Politkovskaya
In October 2006, the campaigning Russian journalist was shot outside her Moscow flat.
The Making of Kind of Blue
Drummer Jimmy Cobb recalls playing with Miles Davis on the album that changed jazz forever
The Hong Kong Riots of 1967
Striking workers and students filled the streets calling for an end to British rule.
The Sophiatown Removals
How apartheid destroyed one of the last multiracial communities in 1950s South Africa.
Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis
The former US First Lady's romance with the world's richest man in the 1960s.
Iran Hostage Rescue Mission
Rob Walker reports on an attempt to free hostages from the US embassy in Iran in 1980.
The Murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero
Two witnesses give their account of the shooting of the archbishop of El Salvador.
Australia's Rabbit Plague
How Australia battled a plague of rabbits which was destroying its agricultural economy.
James Salter: Writer and Pilot
The acclaimed American author recalls his time as a US fighter pilot during the Korean War
The Death of Walter Rodney
In 1980, the Guyanese opposition leader Dr Walter Rodney was killed in a bomb explosion.
Eichmann in Argentina
In 1960, the leading Nazi Adolf Eichmann was abducted in Argentina and smuggled to Israel.
The Fall of Saigon
In 1975 US troops airlifted hundreds of people out of Saigon as the Vietnam War ended.
The Inuit Children Experiment
Helen Thiesen recalls being taken from her family in Greenland and sent to live in Denmark
Bloods and Crips
The truce in 1992 between the two main black street gangs in Los Angeles.
The Destruction of Iraq's Marshes
A look at the destruction of southern Iraq's great marshes, overseen by Saddam Hussein.
The Poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko
In 2004, Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned and nearly died.
Fidel Castro Takes Havana
In 1959, the rebel leader took control of Cuba's capital city.
The Death of Jan Palach
In 1969, a student set himself alight in protest at the crushing of the Prague Spring.
Battle of Tora Bora
After the Taliban fell in Afghanistan, the hunt for Osama bin Laden began in earnest.
Last of the Red Hot Mamas
It is 50 years since the great American recording star Sophie Tucker died in New York.
In 1990 the terrible conditions inside Romania's orphanages first came to light.
The Back to Africa Movement
In the late 1800s, African Americans from Arkansas began moving to Liberia in West Africa.
Harrer in Tibet
In 1944, Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer fled into the forbidden land of Tibet.
Siege of Sarajevo
The siege of Sarajevo lasted for almost four years. Witness Vedrana Seksan tells her story
Nigeria's War on Indiscipline
In 1984, General Buhari's military regime launched an unusual campaign to clean up Nigeria
The first time 'date rape' hit the headlines in the USA.
Soviet Imaginary Heroes
A Soviet story of heroic feats of bravery during WWII... that could not have happened.
In June 1997, astronauts on the Mir space station faced disaster after a collision.
A look back at the career of the German Chancellor before she became a politician.
The Trial of Saddam Hussein
On 1 July 2004, Saddam Hussein made his first appearance in a Baghdad courtroom.
Starbucks: The Early Days
It is 45 years since the multibillion-dollar coffee company opened in Seattle in the USA.
The Renovation of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper
In 1999, after 20 years of restoration work, the masterpiece was revealed to the public.
The writers and artists who took part in cultural missions during the Spanish Civil War.
The Assassination of Anwar Sadat
On October 6th 1981, Egyptian president Anwar Sadat was killed by army officers.
Forced Sterilisation in Peru
In the 1990s, President Alberto Fujimori launched a family planning programme in Peru.
The Stockholm Syndrome
One of the original Stockholm hostages talks about her kidnap ordeal.
Marcel Duchamp in New York
Remembering a wartime surrealist exhibition put on by Marcel Duchamp.
The Concordski Crash
A fateful day in the race to develop the first supersonic passenger plane.
The Abduction of Mehdi Ben Barka
In 1965 a Moroccan disappeared from the streets of Paris. His body has never been found.
The Bugging of the US Embassy in Moscow
How the Soviets hid hi-tech bugs deep inside the walls of the new US embassy in Moscow.
A Black GI in China
How did a black American soldier end up living a privileged life in communist China?
The Imprisonment of Irina Ratushinskaya
The dissident poet spent four years in Soviet prisons and labour camps.
The US School Bible Controversy
How a schoolboy challenged the practice of daily Bible reading in US schools - and won.
The Capture of Abimael Guzman
Tracking down Peru's public enemy number one, leader of the Maoist Shining Path rebels.
The Attica Prison Riot
One man's memories of a very public siege in a high security jail in the USA.
Tilikum the Orca
On this day in 1991 a killer whale called Tilikum drowned one of its trainers.
Sexual Harassment in India
Witness hears from the first woman to bring a case of sexual harassment to trial in India.
The End of Apartheid
Adriaan Vlok was in charge of the police in apartheid-era South Africa.
Death in the Amazon
In January 1956, members of an Amazonian tribe murdered five American missionaries.
Chairman Mao's Red Guard
One boy's story of communist fervour in 1960s China.
How San Francisco became one of the first 'sanctuary cities' in the USA.
Sara Ginaite, Lithuanian Jewish Partisan
Sara Ginaite escaped from a Jewish ghetto to join communist partisans fighting the Nazis.
Bob Marley Survives Assassination Attempt
An eye-witness remembers the night gunmen tried to kill the global reggae star.
Albania's Economic Chaos
There was rioting across Albania after pyramid investment schemes collapsed.
India's Disability Law
It wasn't until 1995 that disabled people in India were guaranteed rights.
US Psychological Warfare in Vietnam
How American military PSYOP teams waged war in Vietnam in the 1960s.
No Sex in the USSR
How a satellite TV link-up between American and Soviet women led to misunderstanding.
Hungary's Jewish Underground
During WW2 thousands of fake documents helped save Jews from the Nazis in Hungary.
Lahore Cricket Attack
Islamist militants attacked a convoy of international cricketers in Pakistan in 2009.
China's Crackdown on Falun Gong
The Chinese government banned the spiritual movement, Falun Gong, in 1999.
The Birth of the Water Baby
French obstetrician Dr Michel Odent encouraged women to use water to ease childbirth.
The Hanafi Hostage Siege
How American Muslim gunmen took more than 100 people hostage in the US capital in 1977.
The Killing of Vincent Chin
The brutal murder of a young Chinese-American man sparked a civil rights movement.
Camouflaging Leningrad in World War Two
Russian mountaineers disguised monuments in the city to protect them from enemy fire.
Sartre and de Beauvoir
The love affair between Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir lasted for 50 years.
China's Barefoot Doctors
In 1968 Chairman Mao sent thousands of young people into rural China to work as doctors.
Deaf University Protest
How deaf students forced their American university to appoint a deaf president.
The Rajneesh Poisoning Scandal
How the followers of an Indian guru tried to poison their opponents in Oregon, USA.
Wine Shock: The Judgement of Paris
How California stunned the French wine world in the 1970s.
Canadian Indigenous Protest
Plans to expand a golf course led to a stand-off between Mohawks and Canadian police.
Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the most powerful woman in the C12th Kingdom of Jerusalem
Quarrels, Women and Bad Magic
Why were witches mainly women? Scotland's war with Satan continues into the 17th century.
The Legacy of the Trojan War
Why do the legendary walls of a Bronze Age city still cast such a long shadow?
The History of General Elections
Greg Jenner and the team head to the polls to discover the history of General Elections.
Exploring Arabia's Empty Quarter
How Wilfred Thesiger travelled in one of the world's harshest environments in the 1940s.