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Mexico's murdered women
How young women began disappearing in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez in 1993
The Kindertransport children who fled the Nazis
How thousands of unaccompanied children were sent to safety by their desperate parents
Nina Simone moves to Liberia
The great African-American jazz singer moved to West Africa in 1974.
The paedophile identified by his hands
The first conviction of a paedophile using hand analysis.
The outbreak of World War Two
On September 1st 1939 German troops invaded Poland. Cameraman Douglas Slocombe was there.
The first all-women peacekeeping unit
The UN deployed its first all-female peacekeepers in Liberia in 2007.
Inside lunar astronaut quarantine
Apollo 11's doctor tells how NASA tried to protect Earth from possible lunar alien life
The Holocaust denial trial
The libel case that put history itself in the dock in 2000
The businessman who defied the Italian Mafia
In 1991 Libero Grassi was killed in Sicily for publicly refusing to pay protection money.
The coup, the president and the embassy
How the deposed Honduran president spent months holed up in the Brazilian embassy
The TV series Friends
One of the most successful TV comedy shows of all time hit US screens in September 1994
India's affirmative action controversy
Why guaranteeing government jobs to lower caste Hindus led to weeks of student protests.
Conflict timber in Liberia's civil war
How the timber industry fuelled a brutal civil war in West Africa.
Magellan and the first voyage around the world
In 1519, the Portuguese explorer set off on the first circumnavigation of the globe.
An Ethiopian war hero
Ethiopia sent soldiers to fight alongside the United Nations during the Korean War
The repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Until 2011 LGBT service people in the US armed forces had to keep their sexuality secret
Free breakfast with the Black Panthers
The revolutionary Black Panther Party provided free breakfasts for local schoolchildren.
CS Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia
The first book in CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series was published in autumn 1950
Sir Anthony Blunt - Soviet spy
The distinguished art historian was exposed as a former Soviet spy in the autumn of 1979.
The Sound of Music on Broadway
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was performed on stage before it became a movie.
Being black in Nazi Germany
Theodor Wonja Michael was a child when Hitler came to power in Germany.
Fighting the Islamic State group online
How one historian living in Mosul took aim at the Islamic State group on the internet.
The Large Hadron Collider
In September 2008, the world's biggest science experiment was switched on.
The death of a matador
The fatal goring of the legendary bullfighter Francisco Rivera Pérez - "Paquirri".
The birth of the People's Republic of China
On 1 October 1949 Chairman Mao declared China a communist state
My memories of Chairman Mao
China's legendary Communist leader in the words of an American who knew him well
Mao's Cultural Revolution
We hear from one man who took part in China's brutal Cultural Revolution.
The 1967 Hong Kong riots
How workers and students filled the colony's streets, pressing for an end to British rule
China opens up to capitalism
How China's Communist rulers established the country's first Special Economic Zones
Learie Constantine - fighting racism in the UK
The great West Indian cricketer who fought against racism in the UK
The first black woman MP in Britain
In 1987 Diane Abbott became the first black woman to be elected to the British Parliament
The Notting Hill riots
Inter-racial violence broke out in west London in the summer of 1958
The Bristol bus boycott
How British black activists fought for employment rights in the 1960s
Britain's World War Two 'Brown Babies'
The stigma of growing up as a mixed race child in post-war Britain
Proving climate change: The Keeling curve
An American scientist began recording carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere in 1958
Mexico City slashes car use
How Mexico City cut its dangerously high air pollution levels
The man who fed the world
Dr Norman Borlaug’s pioneering work on disease-resistant grains saved millions.
Britain's worst nuclear accident
A reactor caught fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in the north of England in 1957
Wangari Maathai Nobel Prize-winning environmentalist
Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai fought to save forests and protect human rights
The legalisation of Solidarity
The Polish trade union organisation was banned by the communists until April 1989
The reburial of a Hungarian hero
The body of Imre Nagy who had led the Hungarian Uprising was reburied in 1989
East German refugees in the Prague embassy
Thousands of East Germans sought refuge in the West German embassy in Prague in 1989.
The Leipzig demonstrations
The Berlin Wall fell just a month after mass protests in the East German city of Leipzig
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.
Myths, legends and supernannies
Four musical adventures featuring knights, viking saints and the world's greatest nanny.
Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the most powerful woman in the C12th Kingdom of Jerusalem
Quarrels, Women and Bad Magic
Why were witches mainly women? Scotland's war with Satan continues into the 17th century.
The Legacy of the Trojan War
Why do the legendary walls of a Bronze Age city still cast such a long shadow?
The History of General Elections
Greg Jenner and the team head to the polls to discover the history of General Elections.