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The fall of the Berlin Wall
The border between communist East Germany and the West opened on November 9th 1989
Margaret Thatcher's anti-Europe speech
The British Prime Minister started expressing doubts about the European Union in 1988
The Paris hotel that hosted Holocaust survivors
The Hotel Lutetia became a reception centre for French Holocaust survivors after WW2
The Algerians who fought with France
When Algeria won independence in 1962 thousands of local French allies faced persecution
'Jane' - the underground abortion service
An underground feminist network performed illegal abortions in 1960s Chicago.
Saving the Great Barrier Reef
The 1960s campaigners who fought the government to save the world's biggest coral reef.
Iran hostage crisis: the humanitarian delegation
How Iranian students invited a group of Americans to Iran to meet the hostages
A ground-breaking change to treating breast cancer
How a Canadian oncologist proved the effectiveness of breast-conserving surgery
Britain's secret propaganda war
How sex, jazz and 'fake news' were used to undermine the Nazis in World War Two
The Bhagalpur blindings
How Indian police tortured petty criminals, blinding them permanently
The concert that rocked the Berlin Wall
The 1987 rock concert that led to the first shouts in East Berlin of 'the wall must go'
Memories of Wilfred Owen
The British war poet's younger brother Harold Owen spoke to the BBC in the 1960s
Cap Anamur: A rescue that led to jail
Why a captain was arrested after saving shipwrecked Africans in the Mediterranean in 2004
The demolition of the Babri Masjid
How Hindu extremists demolished a mosque in India prompting months of communal violence
The Love Canal disaster
How the Love Canal neigbourhood in the US came to symbolise the dangers of toxic waste
The first Indian to win Miss World
Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the Miss World beauty competition in 1966
The first Tasers
Why Los Angeles police began using a new weapon in the early 1980s.
The 'Woman in Gold'
How one of Klimt's most famous paintings was returned to the family who'd owned it
I saw the soldiers who killed El Salvador's priests
Lucia Cerna was the only witness to a murder that shocked El Salvador in November 1989
The man who got Delhi on track
India's capital city built a Metro to tackle its traffic and air pollution problems
Exploring Arabia's Empty Quarter
How Wilfred Thesiger travelled in one of the world's harshest environments in the 1940s.
The man who gave his voice to Stephen Hawking
American scientist Dennis Klatt pioneered synthesised speech using his own voice.
India's economic revolution
In the 1990s India began to open up its state-controlled economy
From cakes to computers
How the Lyons catering company pioneered LEO, the first electronic office system
Handing back Uluru
In 1985 Australia's famous natural landmark Uluru was returned to aboriginal ownership
The first confirmed case of HIV in America
Robert R was a teenager who died of an undiagnosed illness in Missouri in 1969
The killing of Pablo Escobar
The Colombian drug trafficker was shot dead by police on December 2nd 1993
How a doomed Antarctic expedition in 1914 became a legendary story of survival
The British sculptor who won over the world
Henry Moore revolutionised sculpture by creating immense works and setting them outside.
Jaslyk – Uzbekistan’s infamous prison
A prison camp in the Uzbek desert became notorious for torture and human rights abuses.
The Cuban writer who defied Fidel Castro
In 1990 Reinaldo Arenas died of Aids in New York, leaving behind a powerful autobiography
The battle of the Louvre pyramid
How Paris was eventually won round to the Louvre museum's great glass pyramid
The IRA siege at Balcombe Street
In December 1975, the IRA took a middle-aged couple hostage in Central London.
The 'Awakenings' medical experiment
In the 1960s a new drug briefly woke up patients who'd been catatonic for decades.
The killing of Amadou Diallo
When New York police shot a young immigrant 41 times, thousands took to the streets
The attack on India's parliament
In December 2001 armed men attacked India's parliamentary compound in broad daylight
Black GIs during World War Two
How soldiers who had been relegated to support roles were asked to volunteer for combat
Women and the Sabarimala temple
How Indian women fought for the right to be allowed into a Hindu holy site
The Romanian revolution
In December 1989 a wave of protests finally deposed communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu
Bee crisis: Colony Collapse Disorder
Why the mysterious loss of honey bees in the US triggered a global panic.
The creation of Abuja
Why Nigeria built a brand new capital city from scratch.
Pioneering work in the 60s into combination chemotherapy to try to find a cure for cancer
The invasion of Afghanistan
On 24 December 1979 Soviet troops started pouring into Afghanistan
The secret history of Monopoly
The true story of one of the world's most popular board games, Monopoly.
Cirque du Soleil
The ground-breaking circus was formed by a group of street performers in Quebec in 1984.
Vietnam war: Surviving the 'Christmas bombing' campaign
In December 1972 the US military launched its heaviest bombardment of Hanoi.
The male stripper troupe was founded in Los Angeles in 1979
Negotiating an end to El Salvador's civil war
The UN's top negotiator Alvaro de Soto recalls his part in bringing peace to El Salvador
The book that predicted an end to civilisation
The Limits to Growth was published in 1972 and suggested global decline from 2020
Desmond's: A sitcom that changed Britain
Desmond's was the most successful black sitcom in British TV history
East Germany's punks
How the communist secret police, the Stasi, tried to crush a youth subculture.
German atrocities in Poland during WW2
The memories of a survivor of Nazi atrocities in the final months of the war in Europe
The exodus of Kashmiri Hindus
In January 1990 over 100 000 Hindus fled the Kashmir valley
The murder of environmentalist Chico Mendes
The killing of the man who'd become a powerful symbol of the fight to save the Amazon
The Computers for Schools revolution
In 2009, Uruguay became the first country to give every schoolchild a laptop computer.
The battle for Fallujah
A US Marine's account of the massive operation against Iraqi insurgents in 2004
Britain's National Trust
How some of the great stately homes of Britain were saved from demolition and decay
Storming the Stasi HQ
After the fall of the Berlin Wall East German citizens stormed the secret police HQ
The woman who negotiated peace with a rebel group
The female negotiator who agreed a deal with Muslim rebels in the Philippines.
The story of George Stinney Jr
How a 14-year-old boy became the youngest person executed in the USA in the 20th century
The killing of Osama Bin Laden
The US tracked down the al-Qaeda leader to a city in northern Pakistan in 2011