How Jeannie Leavitt became the first woman to fly a US Air Force fighter plane in 1993. Read more
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
Care in the Community
In the 1990s Britain closed down many of its long-stay hospitals and asylums
The Dawson's Field hijacking
Barbara Mensch recalls how she was hijacked and held in Jordan in 1970
Haiti's cholera outbreak
Haiti was cholera-free until UN peacekeepers brought it to the Caribbean country in 2010
The birth of Reddit
In 2005 two young graduates created one of the internet's most popular websites.
Banning alcohol in an Indian state
Punyavathi Sunkara recalls how the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh banned alcohol in 1995.
Why the US rejected universal healthcare
After WW2 US President Harry Truman argued for healthcare for all but his plan failed.
Resisting 'Europe's last dictator' in Belarus
Exiled dissident Nikolai Khalezin on the origins of the protest movement in Belarus
The Mau Mau struggle against British rule
In the 1950s rebels took up arms to rid Kenya of colonial rule
The Greensboro lunch counter sit-in
In 1960 four young black men began a protest against racial segregation in the USA.
A photo of a man confronting a tank in China caught the world's imagination in 1989
The mothers of Argentina's disappeared
The women who began protesting after their children were taken away by soldiers
The Galileo project
A mission to study the planet Jupiter finally came to an end on 21st September 2003
How Liberia wrote off its debts
Hoe Liberia negotiated to write off billions of dollars of debt.
How Liberia negotiated to write off billions of dollars of debt.
When Nelson Mandela went to Detroit
Shortly after his release from prison the South African freedom fighter toured the USA
Blackwater killed my son
How US private security guards opened fire on civilians in Baghdad, killing 17 people
Bush v Gore: The 'hanging chads' US election of 2000
The US presidential election of 2000 was one of the closest and most contested in history
The death of Gamal Abdel Nasser
The charismatic Egyptian president dominated Arab politics for almost two decades
The Mafia trial of Italy’s former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti
A trial which shone a light on links between Italian politicians and the Mafia
The founding of Google
In 1998 the world's most popular search engine was launched by two PHD students
Operation Breakthrough: Fighting to save three whales
Three gray whales got caught in the ice off Alaska in October 1988
The house by the lake
The summer house by a lake which witnessed much of Germany's 20th century history
The voyage of the Empire Windrush
A ship carrying hundreds of migrants from the Caribbean set sail for Britain in 1948