Costa Rica dissolved its Armed Forces after a brief civil war in 1948
Abolishing the army
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
Carl Gustav Jung
One of the most influential figures in psychoanalysis died in June 1961
The assassinaton of Medgar Evers
The American civil rights activist and war hero who was murdered in 1963 in Mississippi.
Sister Lotus - early Chinese online star
Sister Lotus was an unlikely online celebrity because she was famous for being ordinary.
The yoga teacher and the violinist
How violinist Yehudi Menuhin and yoga teacher BKS Iyengar helped bring yoga to the West
The fat acceptance movement
The National Association to Aid Fat Americans, NAAFA, held its first meeting in June 1969
The story behind Joseph Heller's acclaimed, satirical anti-war novel which sold millions
The Stonewall Riot
How a protest outside New York's Stonewall Inn inspired the modern gay rights movement.
The Anfal genocide
Saddam Hussein's war on the Kurds in the 1980s
Defending a British serial murderer
The lawyer of serial killer Rosemary West recalls the gruesome details of the case
The US judge accused of sexual harassment
How Supreme Court nominee Judge Clarence Thomas was publicly accused of sexual misconduct
Germans kidnapped by Nicaragua's rebels
Two German left-wing activists recall their ordeal as hostages of Nicaragua's Contras
Surviving Cambodia's 'Killing Fields'
The Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, starting their four year genocidal rule.
The launch of the Walkman
The advent of music on the move in July 1979
The indigenous fight to stop nuclear waste disposal
How a group of senior, indigenous Australian women fought to save their land.
The secret diaries of 'Gentleman Jack'
The secret diaries of 19th-century Englishwoman Anne Lister, the 'first modern lesbian'
China puts tampons on sale
Women in China got access to tampons for the first time in 1985
The Common Cold Unit
The remarkable UK research centre where thousands went on holiday to catch a cold
Cuba executes top military officers
Four army officers were sentenced to death for drug trafficking by the Castro government
Kenya's ivory inferno
How a dramatic bonfire in Nairobi National Park highlighted the threat from poaching
Laika, the first dog in space
The Russian stray was the first dog to be sent into orbit around the earth
Valentina Tereshkova, cosmonaut
The Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to be sent into space
The Moon Landing
In July 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon.
Peter Pepys – Goodchild
Pete Wilson explores the characters and communities that make Gloucestershire great.
James Burke joins Aled Jones
On the Apollo 11 anniversary, another chance to hear Aled in conversation with James Burke
Relax with Roy for classic songs from the 40's, 50's and beyond.
The Show of Presents and Matches Definitely Not Made in Heaven
Susan Morrison on 20th century wedding traditions and 19th century 'husbands from hell'.
1994 год. Чеченская война: хирург рискует своей жизнью, пытаясь спасать чужие.