When doctors said cigarette smokers were dying prematurely the UK government did little.
The men who tried to warn us about smoking
How science ended the search for Josef Mengele
A panel of scientists went to Brazil to identify the remains of the infamous Nazi in 1985
Venezuela's oil bonanza
The boom and bust years of "Saudi" Venezuela in the 1970s
Swine flu shuts down Mexico City
A highly infectious virus appeared in Mexico in 2009 and rapidly spread round the world
Sucked out of a plane
Nine people died when a cargo door opened mid-flight over the Pacific in February 1989
Asama Sanso: Japanese hostage crisis
Armed left-wing extremists fought off Japanese police in the mountains in February 1972
Happy Beer Day!
On March 1st 1989 Icelanders were allowed to buy beer for the first time in decades
Britain's first Muslim woman in government
Sayeeda Warsi was appointed to the coalition government's Cabinet in May 2010
The creation of the Barbie doll
Hear from the woman who created the most famous doll in the world.
Speaking out against my abuser: Daniel Ortega
How Nicaragua's president was accused of sexual abuse by his step-daughter
The woman who asked Britain to return the Parthenon marbles
Melina Mercouri asked Britain to return the Parthenon marbles removed by Lord Elgin.
Britain's first female black headteacher
Yvonne Conolly was appointed head of Ringcross Primary school in North London in 1969
The fall of Singapore
Life under Japanese occupation in Singapore during World War Two.
Lenin and the deadly mushrooms
A spoof TV show persuaded some Russians that Lenin took too many hallucinogenic mushrooms
China's breakthrough malaria cure
Chinese scientists used ancient traditional medicine to find a cure for malaria.
In March 1969, American author Kurt Vonnegut published his cult anti-war novel.
How Little America was built in Afghanistan
In the 1950s, US engineers were sent to Afghanistan to build a dam.
The millionaire Nazi war criminal
How the Dutch art collector Pieter Menten was exposed as a war criminal in the 1970s
The first democratic elections in the USSR
Soviet citizens voted in democratic elections for the first time in March 1989.
The discovery of the Aztec Moon Goddess
How an accidental discovery in Mexico led to the uncovering of the Aztecs´ Great Temple.
Autism and the MMR vaccine
How a British doctor misled the world by linking the MMR vaccine with autism.
The rise of Viktor Orban
Viktor Orban, now the populist Hungarian Prime Minister led a democratic movement in 1988
The first home pregnancy test
A female designer working for a pharmaceutical company came up with the idea in the 1960s
Drama in the British parliament
Prime Minister Jim Callaghan's desperate attempts to survive a no-confidence vote in 1979
Around the world in 20 days
The record-breaking balloon flight
The secret Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim
How former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's secret Nazi past was exposed
Mindfulness for the masses
Scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn pioneered a meditative approach to treat pain and depression.
Patty Hearst the rebel heiress
In April 1974 the heiress announced she supported her kidnappers' beliefs
EMDR: the eye-movement therapy
A therapy which seems to work for post-traumatic stress was developed in the late 1980s
The warship lost for more than 300 years
The discovery of a 17th century Swedish warship, the Vasa, in near perfect condition
Abolishing the army
Costa Rica dissolved its Armed Forces after a brief civil war in 1948
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou's iconic memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1969
The man who made Marilyn Monroe dance
Choreographer Jack Cole had a huge influence on musical theatre and Hollywood films
The Amritsar Massacre of 1919
In April 1919 British Indian troops opened fire on protestors in the city of Amritsar
The man who invented wingsuits
The wingsuit is the ultimate in extreme sports clothing, for BASE jumpers and skydivers
The rise of Hindu nationalism
The consolidation of the BJP as one of the major powers in Indian politics.
Chinese restaurant syndrome
In the 1960's American diners began to worry that Chinese food was making them ill.
Dennis Tito - the first space tourist
In April 2001 an American multi-millionaire paid Russia to send him into space
The first play on Broadway written by a black woman
'A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry had an almost exclusively black cast too.
Gustav Metzger and the birth of the radical new art form in the 1960s
How organic farming started
Worries about the industrialisation of farming post-WW2 led some farmers to go organic.
The Columbine massacre
13 people were killed and more than 20 injured in the school shooting on April 20th 1999
Nato bombs Serbian TV
A survivor from the April 1999 bombing in Belgrade that killed 16 people.
Britain's first vegans
The Vegan Society was established in 1944 by British 'non-dairy vegetarians'
South Africa's first free elections
After Apartheid all South Africans regardless of race finally won the right to vote.
Sri Lanka: A journalist's editorial from the grave
The assassination of newspaper editor, Lasantha Wickramatunga, in 2009 shocked the world
The al-Yamamah arms deals
A record series of arms sales by the UK to Saudi Arabia began in the 1980s
Ellen comes out
Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on primetime American television in April 1997.
The English poet whose death at the start of World War One was mourned by millions
The Arctic African
Why a boy ran away from West Africa to live in the Arctic in the 1960s.
The sinking of the Belgrano
The Argentine ship was sunk by a British submarine during the Falklands war
The Malayan Emergency
The struggle against a Communist insurgency in Malaya in the 1950s
Jack Ma: The founder of Alibaba
The Chinese billionaire set up his online shopping site in 1999
The siege of Dien Bien Phu
The French surrender at the siege of Dien Bien Phu ended their colonial rule of Vietnam
The groundbreaking school of art and design was founded in 1919
The war on drugs
The first 'war on drugs' was launched by US President Richard Nixon in 1971.
Strictly Come Dancing
One of the most successful TV formats in the world started back in May 2004
The Karakoram highway
The road between Pakistan and China took 20 years to complete
Predicting the financial crash
The economists who predicted the 2008 financial crash but whose warnings were ignored
The final days of Sri Lanka's civil war
How the army finally crushed Tamil Tiger rebels after 25 years of bloody civil war
China's One Child policy
The Chinese Communist Party started ruthlessly enforcing birth control in the early 1980s
Hitler's stolen children
During WW2 the Nazis abducted blonde blue-eyed children to build an Aryan master race
Walking the Great Wall of China
Three friends set off on an epic trek along the Great Wall of China in May 1984
The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs
The Chicxulub impact crater was discovered in 1978.
Fighting Uganda's anti-gay laws
When MPs tried to toughen the laws against homosexuality, LGBT activists took a stand.
How environmental campaign group Greenpeace was formed
The story of how environmental campaign group Greenpeace was formed
The Acid Survivors Foundation
The Bangladesh charity dedicated to treating the survivors of acid attacks.
The death of Jawaharlal Nehru
The man who led India to independence died on May 27th 1964
Bokassa's massacre of the children
How protests by young people led to Jean-Bédel Bokassa's fall from power in C.A.R
Tiananmen Square escape
Dan Wang was the most wanted student leader after the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.
Behind the scenes on Sesame Street
The inside story of one of the most popular children's TV shows ever made
Six Degrees - the first online social network
Andrew Weinreich founded the first online social network in 1997.
Vikings in York
Archaeologists uncovered perfectly preserved domestic Viking life in York in the 1970s
Eyewitness accounts of the Allied landings in Normandy during WW2 on 6 June 1944.
The Little Prince
The mystery surrounding the death of the author of the world famous children's tale
How the BBC reported the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, 6 June 1944
The Gurkha soldiers fight for equality
A Nepalese regiment of the British army won the right to settle in Britain in 2009.
The end of the war in Kosovo
Hundreds of thousands of Kosovans fled when NATO began bombing former Yugoslavia in 1999
The first anti-psychotic drug
How a 1950s drug helped revolutionise the treatment of mental illness
Wrapping the Reichstag
How a huge public art project entranced post-Cold War Berlin
How America 'lost' China
How an American war hero was sent to stop China becoming communist and failed.
The first gay marriage in the USA
One gay couple in Minneapolis had a same-sex wedding back in the 1970's
The death of Neda Soltan
How a young woman became a symbol of anti-government protest in Iran
The death of Carl Gustav Jung
One of the most influential figures in psychoanalysis died in June 1961
Executioners, Egypt and The Family Home
Susan Morrison finds out about The Family Home and goes on the trail of two executioners.
Pete Wilson explores the characters and communities that make Gloucestershire great.
Roy looks ahead to BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World with Beverley Humphreys.
Màiri Mhoireasdan à Geocrab sna Hearadh a' fuireach am Montreal, 1970
Màiri Mhoireasdan ann an còmhradh ri Fred MacAmhlaigh am Montreal ann an 1970.
The Conquering Engines
Prof David Hendy explores how the sounds of nature gave way to the industrial revolution.