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The first safe house for Afghan women
Mary Akrami set up the first refuge for women fleeing violence and abuse in Afghanistan
The fastest vaccine ever developed
How a five-year-old girl helped her father create a record-breaking vaccine
The writer who put Latinos centre stage
Remembering the pioneering Cuban-American playwright and agony aunt, Dolores Prida
Australia's 'Black Saturday' bushfires
How 400 separate bushfires burnt their way across Victoria, Australia in 2009.
Adrift for 76 days
A remarkable story of survival, alone in a life-raft adrift in the Atlantic ocean
Benidorm and the birth of package tourism
The story of the mayor who created one of the world's biggest holiday resorts.
The death of Heinrich Himmler
The leading Nazi was caught by British troops shortly after WW2 had ended in Europe
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
A first-hand account of the surprise strike on a US naval base in December 1941.
The internment of Japanese Americans
During World War Two thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to prison camps
The battle of Midway
How a huge naval battle between aircraft carriers changed the war in the Pacific
The atomic bombs dropped on Japan
Atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945
The American who put women's rights in the Japanese constitution
How Beate Sirota Gordon got wording on gender equality into Japan's post-war constitution
Radar and World War Two
How British women operated secret radar technology during World War Two
Bremen’s Elephant Statue
How the German city addressed its colonial past by rededicating a famous monument
Beirut's Hotel War
How the Lebanese Civil War came to Beirut's luxury hotel district in 1975.
Scoring a victory for women's rights in Turkey
How Turkish campaigners forced a radical change in the law on crimes against women
The invention of the modern ventilator
How a polio epidemic in Denmark in 1952 led to the invention of the modern ventilator
The memories of a young Iraqi woman who grew up in the dictator's inner social circle
The lost King of England
How archaeologists discovered the lost grave of King Richard III under a car park
The first modern asthma inhaler
Millions of people’s lives have been saved and improved by the metered dose inhaler.
The Guatemalan syphilis scandal
How American doctors carried out secretive STD experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s
The siege at Ruby Ridge
An 11-day standoff between a fugitive and the US government ended with three people dead.
Margaret Ekpo - Nigeria's feminist pioneer
The trades union activist and politician who fought for Nigerian independence.
America's first woman combat pilot
How Jeannie Leavitt became the first woman to fly a US Air Force fighter plane in 1993.
Occupy Wall Street
How former policeman Ray Lewis joined the anti-inequality demonstrations in New York
The remote Scottish islands whose last inhabitants were evacuated in August 1930
Who has the right to vote in America?
The decision that quashed a key part of an electoral law designed to protect black voters
Inventing James Bond
How author and former intelligence officer Ian Fleming created the British super-spy
Flying through a volcano
How a British Airways jumbo jet flew through a volcanic ash cloud and survived
The birth of the Sony Walkman
The portable tape player that brought music-on-the-move to millions was launched in 1979
The Cape Town bombings
In the late 1990s there were more than 150 bomb attacks in the South African city