Armed left-wing extremists fought off Japanese police in the mountains in February 1972
Asama Sanso: Japanese hostage crisis
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'
Pete Wilson explores the characters and communities that make Gloucestershire great.
Journalist Brian Hoey reflects on the Queen's reign, on her 93rd birthday.
Scottish Women's Football
Mark Stephen chats to Scotland's pioneering female footballers who risked all for football
Canaries in the Air
The story of Norwich City's 1959 FA Cup run, and how it was covered by the BBC.
Brexit and European Diplomacy
Jonathan Freedland compares Brexit with tensions between Offa and Charlemagne in the 790s.