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The killing of Osama Bin Laden
The US tracked down the al-Qaeda leader to a city in northern Pakistan in 2011
The mystery of the disappearing frogs
How scientists discovered that a deadly fungus was killing off amphibians.
How the dodo died out
A flightless bird, the dodo was extinct just decades after being discovered by Europeans
Silent Spring: A book that changed the world
Silent Spring examined the effect of pesticides on the environment
The discovery of whalesong
In the 1960s whales were being hunted to extinction.
A holocaust survivor meets Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trials
A holocaust survivor comes face to face with Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trials.
The frozen zoo
Since 1975, San Diego Zoo has been deep-freezing cell samples from rare species
The Way Ahead group: Modernising the Royal Family
The Way Ahead group was set up in the 1990s to make Britain’s monarchy more relevant
Reforming India's rape laws
The overhaul of India's rape laws followed the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi.
The ancient oak tree that taught the world a lesson
A tree in Kew Gardens survived the storm of 1987 and revolutionised gardening.
The first self-made female millionaire
Madam C. J. Walker was born to former slaves and created a black beauty business.
The Treaty of Rome
The document which formed the basis for what is now the European Union was signed in 1957
London's first black policeman
Norwell Roberts endured years of racist abuse within the Metropolitan police
Cixi: China's most powerful woman
The Empress Dowager Cixi ruled for 47 years until her death in 1908.
Witnessing the birth of a new language
In the 1980s deaf children in Nicaragua invented a completely new sign language
The Native American casino boom in the US
How a small Californian tribe won the right for Indian communities to host gambling.
The release of Nelson Mandela
The day that South Africa's anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was freed
Chairman Mao's Little Red Book
The collected thoughts of China's communist leader that became an unexpected best-seller
The man who first published Harry Potter
The man who spotted the potential of the boy wizard books in 1996
Diary of life in a favela
A shocking account of the realities of the slums of São Paulo
The best-seller Fear of Flying
Erica Jong's best-selling book about sex, creativity and love, published in 1973
The Rules: A dating handbook
The best-selling dating handbook was published on Valentine's Day 1995
The Pale Blue Dot
How the Voyager space probe captured a famous image of Earth as it left the Solar System.
How meditation changes your brain
In 2002, a landmark study on Buddhist monks showed that meditation can alter the brain.
Fighting oil pollution with art in Nigeria
"Battle Bus" was a sculpture in memory of Nigerian environmentalist Ken Saro Wiwa
Saddam Hussein's 'Supergun'
Building the largest gun in the world for Saddam Hussein's Iraq
A 1980s campaign to preserve Antarctica for science.
An Antarctic mystery
Human remains were found on a remote island in Antarctica in 1985 but whose were they?