In June 1997, astronauts on the Mir space station faced disaster after a collision. Read more
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.
The Witch Craze
Enter into the dark days of the European Witch Craze, where no woman was safe.
From Molly Houses to Section 28, Greg Jenner explores the history of the LGBT community.
Forget Jeff Bezos, meet Mansa Musa – the richest man ever to live.
Justinian and Theodora
Meet the power couple of the Byzantine era, Justinian and Theordora.
A programme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Principality Stadium.