History Hour, The [world Service]

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

10/12/2016 Gmt20161211

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

100 Women History Hour20161211

A special edition of the programme remembering women that history has overlooked.

A special edition of the programme remembering some of the women that history has overlooked. From women warriors to women scientists. From rural women, to factory workers we bring you the stories of women who made a contribution to history - and who deserve to be remembered.

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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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Bob Marley Survives Assassination Attempt20161204

The shooting of Bob Marley, the resistance of the Mirabal Sisters, Colombia's Lost City

The shooting of Bob Marley in 1976, the resistance of the Mirabal Sisters, how Ralph Nader made Americans safer, discovering Colombia's ancient Lost City and when Le Corbusier built Chandigarh - India's 1950s modernist marvel.

Photo: Bob Marley, 1970s (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Broadcasting D-day2014060720140608 (WS)

The allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, Tiananmen Square and a Nepali royal massacre

(Photo: American soldiers approaching Utah beach on June 6th 1944. Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Castro Takes Havana2016010920160110 (WS)

Cuban revolutionaries victorious, US nuclear accident in 60s Spain, Mao's Little Red Book

Cuban revolutionaries victorious in 1959, US nuclear accident in 1960s Spain, plus the origin of the Open University, the couple behind the Eames chair and Mao's Little Red Book

Photo: Fidel Castro speaks to the crowds in Cuba after Batista was forced to flee, Jan 1959. Credit: Keystone/Getty Images

Chile Votes Against Pinochet20161015

This week: Chile's referendum to end General Augusto Pinochet's brutal rule, a Russian dissident poet tells us how she resisted the KGB, the Spanish flu which killed millions after World War One, the last days of Lebanon's bitter civil war and the free flights for Hoovers ad campaign that fell flat.

(Photo: Celebrations after Chile's referendum result in Oct 1988 - Getty Images)

China-vietnam Border War 19792016031920160320 (WS)

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979.

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979, part of a wider regional power struggle. Also this week; the man who proved the Turin Shroud was a fake, the emotional trauma of caring for someone dying of CJD and the hellish lives of the men who tunnelled under no-man's land in World War One.

Photo: Chinese prisoners of war held by Vietnamese conscripts in the 1979 border war. (Credit: Getty Images)

Cigarettes And Cancer20130629

The link between smoking and cancer, JFK in Ireland and pacifist Britten's War Requiem

The link between smoking and cancer plus JFK goes home and pacifist Britten's War Requiem.

Nearly 60 years since the link between smoking and cancer plus JFK visits his ancestral home of Ireland, pacifist Britten's War Requiem and the birth of the ultrasound scanner.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Condemned As A Spy In The Ussr2016030520160306 (WS)

The story of Flora Leipman, a British Jew, who spent decades in a Soviet labour camp on false spying charges. Plus, birth control in 1920s Britain, the siege of Sarajevo, the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas and the invention of the first ever instant camera.

(Photo: Flora Leipman in a BBC documentary, 1987)

Surviving terror in the USSR, birth control in 1920s Britain and the siege of Sarajevo

Conflict Over A Tree In The Dmz2016082020160821 (WS)

Death in Korea's no-man's land, the birth of the national parks and Studio Ghibli.

American deaths in no-man's land between North and South Korea; the birth of the national parks, plus battling over bibles in US schools, the murder of Garcia Lorca and Japanese animation with Studio Ghibli.

Photo credit: Getty Images

Death Of An Anarchist20161225

The controversial death of Giuseppe Pinelli, Samuel Beckett and flying to the moon

The controversial death in police custody of Italian anarchist, Giuseppe Pinelli, the Irish playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett how Greece and Turkey almost came to war over a tiny rocky island in the Aegean sea, also the experimental film-maker Derek Jarman and how on Christmas day in 1968 Apollo 8 became the first spacecraft to leave the Earth's orbit and travel to the moon.

Photo:Giuseppe 'Pino' Pinelli, with his wife Licia and his daughters Silvia and Claudia. Credit: The Pinelli Family.

Degenerate Art And The Nazis2013110920131110 (WS)

Hitler's hatred of modern art, the death of Dylan Thomas, and marching in the Sahara.

In the week that news broke of the discovery of massive trove of art looted by the Nazis in Munich, we look back at the Degenerate Art exhibition, set up by the Nazis to ridicule contemporary art. Plus, half a million Moroccans march into the desert, the first multi-racial school in southern Africa, thousands evacuated after a chemical crash in Canada, and the death of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Picture: Two men prepare to hang German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann's triptych 'Temptation' at the 20th Century German Art Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London. The exhibition includes work by all the German artists pilloried by Adolf Hitler in the 'Degenerate Art' exhibition in Munich of 1937. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Denmark's 2nd Eu Referendum2016070920160710 (WS)

A re-run vote in Denmark, the start of the Balkans conflict in Slovenia, Cuba's army elite put on trial; plus London Bridge is sold off to the Americans and the Vietnam vet turned peace activist, Ron Kovic.

(Photo: Riot police in Copenhagen after Denmark voted Yes to ratify the Maastricht Treaty in May 1993. Photo credit: AFP)

A re-run vote in Denmark, conflict in Slovenia, Cuba's army elite on trial and Ron Kovic.

Dickey Chapelle - War Reporter20161106

The pioneering American woman journalist; life in Mao's China; and Harry Houdini.

On this week's programme, how pioneering American woman war reporter, Dickey Chapelle, was killed in Vietnam; plus two very different perspectives on Mao's China, Mexican writer Octavio Paz and the escape which made Harry Houdini's name.

PHOTO: Dickey Chapelle during a US Marines operation in 1958 (Credit: US Marine Corps / Associated Press)

Dustbowl2013111620131117 (WS)

How dust storms changed America in the 1930s, Armistice Day and a deadly boxing match.

How dust storms changed America in the 1930s, French doctors caught up in Yemen's civil war, a baby with the heart of a baboon, a deadly boxing match and Armistice Day 1918.

PHOTO: A dust storm in the USA. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

First Cia Coup In Latin America2016073020160731 (WS)

In this week's programme, we hear personal accounts of two fronts in America's Cold War fight against communism: Guatemala and Russia itself. Plus, the earthquake in China that killed a quarter of a million; riots in the English city of Liverpool; and remembering Picasso in his prime.

PHOTO: Army officers opposed to President Arbenz go over a map of the territory on their push to Zacapa and then to Guatemala City, July 1954. (AP Photo)

America's fight against communism; giant China earthquake; riots in Liverpool; Picasso.

Grand Theft Auto2013122820131229 (WS)

The game that shocked the world; interned in Manila in WW2, the real Gorillas in the Mist

Grand Theft Auto, the game that shocked the world; a boy interned in a Japanese prison camp in World War II, plus Dian Fossey and the story of the real 'Gorillas in the Mist'; the murder of a Brazilian environmentalist and the British MP who faked his own death.

Photo: Cover Art of Grand Theft Auto

Greece - The 1967 Military Coup2014042620140427 (WS)

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens hear from a man who opposed them

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens. Hear from a man who opposed them; plus friendship with Robert Mugabe, a Muslim pacifist in British India, Portugal's Carnation revolution and the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy - America's chief hunter of communists.

(Photo: Tanks in central Athens. Credit: AFP)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Europe Won Over The British Left2016091020160911 (WS)

British unions turning to Europe, Italian partisans fighting fascists, what Mao was like as a man, the beginning of Star Trek and mass methanol poisoning in Estonia.

Photo: Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission, addressing the Trade Union Congress in Bournemouth. 08/09/1988 (AP)

British unions turning to Europe, Italian partisans fighting fascists, Mao as a man.

Hurricane Mitch2013110220131103 (WS)

Massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's murder, plus Black Monday on Wall St.

This week, we look back at massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's assassination and Black Monday on Wall St. Plus we have items on propaganda broadcasts for Japan in WW2 and the first suicide helpline.

Photo: A young man balances on a log to get across a river swollen by the storms in Honduras. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Internment In Northern Ireland2014080920140810 (WS)

Detention without trial in Northern Ireland, Mississippi Burning, and Lindow Man.

Detention without trial in Northern Ireland, the resignation of President Nixon, plus the Mississippi burning case, the man preserved in peat for 2000 years, and the largest attempted Japanese POW breakout.

Photo: Belfast, August 1971 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Iraqi Chemical Attacks20130921

Gas attacks on Iraqi Kurds, secret Middle East talks, plus Duke Ellington in Kabul

Iraqi Shia Uprising - 19912016032620160327 (WS)

At the end of the First Gulf War thousands of Iraqi Shias rose up against Saddam Hussein.

At the end of the First Gulf War in 1991, after Iraqi troops had been driven out of Kuwait, thousands of Iraqis rose up against Saddam Hussein. Some of the rebels were returning conscripts, some were Kurds, but many were Shias who had suffered oppression at the hands of Saddam's Baathist regime. Also this week: the story of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia; and the long struggle for the independence of Namibia.

(Photo: Iraqi Shia women in ruined Karbala, breast-feeding their children. Their homes were destroyed during clashes between the Iraqi forces and Shia rebels. Credit: Rabih Moghrabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel's Secret Nuclear Weapons20131005

Israel's nuclear whistle-blower; Mao's American comrade; and Betty Ford gets sober

The whistle-blower who revealed Israel's nuclear weapons programme; Chamberlain appeases Hitler; Mao's American comrade; Australia's asylum stand-off; and Betty Ford gets sober.

Photo: Mordechai Vanunu in detention, Israel, 1986 (AP)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Japanese Soldier In Hiding2016012320160124 (WS)

In January 1972 a Japanese soldier was found in the jungle of Guam. He had been hiding there for 27 years since the end of World War II.

His name was Shoichi Yokoi. (Photo: Shoichi Yokoi/Credit: Associated Press)

A Japanese soldier hid in the jungle of Guam for 27 years after WW2.

Kenya’s Torture Chambers2015112120151122 (WS)

Repression on Kenyan opposition; mobs attack US embassy in Pakistan; and Erica Jong.

In 1986, dozens of Kenyans were detained and accused of belonging to an underground opposition movement. Also, hiding inside the US embassy in Islamabad under attack from angry mobs; plus the secret CIA funding for a leading literary magazine. And Erica Jong on Fear of Flying, plus the scandal over India's lesbian film.

(Photo: Former Kenyan detainee, Wachira Waheire)

Korea Divided2015081520150816 (WS)

Korea split after World War Two, the penal colony Devil's Island and Harry Potter

In this programme: Korea split along the 38th parallel, child prisoners of the Japanese during World War Two, the notorious Devil's Island penal colony, the man who published Harry Potter and Sue the T-Rex skeleton.

Photo: Korea 38th parallel Credit: AFP

Latinos Protest Against Vietnam2015082920150830 (WS)

How a Mexican-American march against the Vietnam War descended into chaos in 1970, Hurricane Katrina plus mass executions in Iran, the assassination of the Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino and the Guinness Book of records, the world's best selling annual.

PHOTO: The poster for the Chicano Moratorium (Courtesy: Rosalio Munoz).

A Mexican-American march descends into chaos, Hurricane Katrina and executions in Iran.

Lebanon Civil War2014031520140316 (WS)

On the anniversary of a major turning point in the conflict in Lebanon, the History Hour gets a child's perspective. Plus, the massacre which scarred Taiwan's modern history; the Madrid training bombings; suffragettes; and Barbie celebrates her birthday.

Photo:Women running away from shelling in Christian East Beirut in 1989. (Credit: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Lee Harvey Oswald In The Ussr2013112320131124 (WS)

The man who shot JFK - in the USSR; the Jonestown mass suicide; the first Doctor Who.

The man who shot JFK - by two people who knew him in the USSR; the Jonestown mass suicide; the death of Ken Saro Wiwa; plus actress Carole Ann Ford - Doctor Who's grand-daughter.

(Photo: Lee Harvey Oswald after his arrest in Dallas, Nov 22 1963. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Medicare2016072320160724 (WS)

America's government health insurance programme, plus Chinua Achebe and Bruce Lee.

America's government health insurance programme Medicare came into force in July 1966. Plus, Chinua Achebe's seminal African novel Things Fall Apart, the Srebrenica massacre, an anti-semitic murder trial in Imperial Russia - and the death of martial arts star Bruce Lee.

PICTURE: President Lyndon B Johnson signs the Medicare Bill with Harry S Truman in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965. (AP Photo)

Michael Jackson's Thriller2015122620151227 (WS)

The release of the world's best-selling album, the death of a WW2 hero, and Beagle 2

The 1982 release of the world's best selling album; plus the untimely death of General George S Patton; the former child star Karolyn Grimes on the film It's A Wonderful Life, the Beagle 2 mission to Mars, and Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous book, Lolita.

(Photo: Michael Jackson and assorted zombies in the video for Thriller in 1983. Credit: 01/01/1983 Publicity Handout)

Military Coup In Chile20130914

Forty years since Pinochet's coup; the Alabama church bombing in 1963; and Project Tiger

North Korea Train Station Explosion2014041920140420 (WS)

An explosion at a train station in North Korea killed around 170 people and destroyed thousands of homes in April 2004. In a rare moment of openness, authorities in Pyongyang asked the United Nations for help. Hear from a Western aid worker who travelled to Ryongchon to assess the damage.

Also on the programme: the 1940s legal challenge to the segregation of Mexican Americans in the US; Easter for Christians in 1980s Moscow; the push by Polish union Solidarity for legal recognition; plus the unfolding drama of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Photo: North Koreans clear rubble after the Ryongchon train explosion. Credit: Gerald Bourke/World Food Programme/Getty Images

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Pakistan's Women Only Police Station2016021320160214 (WS)

How Karachi got an all female police station plus Black Sabbath and WW2 women code breakers

How Karachi got an all female police station in 1994; Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi on heavy metal history plus the 2011 Syrian protests that led to war, WW2 women code breakers and Sophie Tucker, the last of the Red Hot Mamas

(Photo: Police officers Syeda Ghazala (L) Shagufta Majeed (R) in Karachi)

Prozac2016020620160207 (WS)

The birth of the Prozac generation, the battle to save Afghanistan's ancient artworks and death and violence in the Spanish embassy in Guatemala. Plus we hear about an American political corruption scandal and the launch of the Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The birth of the Prozac generation, saving ancient Afghan artworks, plus a Disney classic

Remembering Chernobyl2016043020160501 (WS)

, Charles Darwin and the McCarthy era, plus 60s icon, the Mini

Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear disaster; the funeral of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution changed the world; plus, the impact of being accused during the McCarthy era in America, and two style icons of the Sixties, the Mini and Yves St Laurent.

Photo: a Swedish farmer wears protective clothing because of contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Romania's Orphan Scandal2016040920160410 (WS)

Life as a Romanian orphan in the 1980s; a Somali account of the Ogaden War, plus the 1979 execution of Pakistan's Zulfikar Bhutto; Mallory on Everest and a Japanese royal wedding.

Photo:Photo: BBC News

Life as a Romanian orphan in the 1980s plus the 1977 Ogaden War and Mallory on Everest

Shakespeare's Jubilee2016042320160424 (WS)

Celebrating the bard 18th-century style; Haile Selassie in Jamaica; and flying Harriers.

As England celebrates Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, we find out about the eighteenth century festivities for the bard organised by the great actor David Garrick. Plus, a Rastafarian remembers the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie's landmark visit to Jamaica and a British pilot recalls flying the Harrier jet in the Falkland Islands.

PHOTO: A portrait fo Shakespeare (Getty Images)

Shell Shock2016102920161030 (WS)

The psychiatric cost of WW1; Hungary's 1956 uprising, Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang

World War One veterans describe Shell Shock and Prof. Edgar Jones of Kings College on the psychiatric cost of war; plus Hungary's 1956 uprising, how French intelligence was rocked by the abduction of activist Mehdi Ben Barka, the history of Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang.

Photo: French troops shelter during bombardment, 1918. (General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Space Crash2016062520160626 (WS)

A crash on the Mir space station, an African-American living in the USSR against his will, saving the penguins in South Africa, the biggest car bomb blast in Saudi Arabia, and America's most publicised case of genital mutilation.

Photo: Mir Space Station. Credit: Getty Images.

A crash on the Mir space station, an African-American in the USSR, and the Bobbit case.

Special Operations Executive20130907

How the British trained spies in WWII, plus Jack the Ripper and war in Eritrea.

How the British trained spies in World War II, Jack the Ripper, Eritrea's war of independence, a composer on board an ill-fated Royal Navy ship, and a journey of exodus from Laos. Listen to first hand accounts from people who lived through historic times.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Spying For The Stasi20131026

Betrayal in East Berlin, Burundi's civil war heroine and Sydney Opera House opens.

Poet turned spy in East Berlin, Burundi's civil war heroine, the US barracks bombing in Beirut, the saga of Sydney Opera House and the opening of the first BBC bureau in Moscow.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Sri Lanka Killings2015102420151025 (WS)

The horrors of civil war in Sri Lanka, the shrinking Aral sea and Iceland's women strike.

The horrors of civil war in Sri Lanka, how the West learned about the shrinking of the Aral sea, plus Iceland's women strike. Also, a communist massacre uncovered in the Vietnan and the Yiddish play which shocked the Jewish world in the early 1900s.

Stalin's Mass Deportations2014030120140302 (WS)

The forced exile of hundreds of thousands of people in the USSR, plus political comedy

The forced exile of hundreds of thousands of people within the USSR, plus political comedy in the UK, the downfall of Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the impact of the tape recorder on Soviet Russia, and Hugo Chavez's first bid for power.

Stockholm Syndrome2016082720160828 (WS)

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome.

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome, during a Swedish bank robbery. Plus Britain's early campaign for AIDS awareness; an audacious military operation in the campaign for Helmand province; the Dance Theatre of Harlem; and the night salsa took New York by storm.

(Photo: The hostages photographed as the police opened the bank vault door. Kristin Enmark is in the middle. (Credit: AFP/ EGAN-Polisen)

Surviving Pearl Harbor2015120520151206 (WS)

Witness recalls Japan's raid, Nigeria's War Against Indiscipline, First heart transplant

An eyewitness account of the Japanese attack, Nigeria's "War Against Indiscipline", surgeon recalls world's first heart transplant, Cubans fighting in 1980s Angola, and a secret mustard gas disaster in Bari in WW2.

(Photo: The USS Arizona sinking at Pearl Harbor. Credit: Getty Images)

Surviving Ravensbruck2015112820151129 (WS)

This week, we hear the remarkable memories of a former member of the Dutch resistance who survived the Nazi's women-only concentration camp at Ravensbruck. Plus, a mysterious plane hijack in Cuba, making ends meet during the "Special Period" in Cuba and how English nightclubs became a battleground in the fight against racism.

PHOTO: Women at Ravensbruck concentration camp (Credit: Das Bundesarchiv)

Recalling a women-only concentration camp, a mystery US hijack and tough times in Cuba.

Tanzania's Ujamaa2016060420160605 (WS)

Socialism in Tanzania, the man who assassinated the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, the crash of the Soviet supersonic jet Concordski, 20 years to build a road and Date Rape

(Photo: Tanzanian women cultivating the soil. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Socialism in Tanzania, assassination in the Caribbean, the Concordski crash and Date Rape

Terror In Iran2014051020140511 (WS)

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, the great African-American singer Paul Robeson, an elected President in Crimea, early CGI filmmakin, and the day that Abba won Eurovision.

Photo: Habib Elghanian, Jewish Iranian businessman, executed in May 1979 in Iran. Image courtesy of the Elghanian family.

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, Paul Robeson, a President of Crimea and Abba

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The 1948 French Miners' Strike20161127

How coal miners in post-war France went from being seen as heroes, to pariahs.

This week, the French Miners' strike of 1948, 50 years since the launch of the Cabaret musical, the Silk Letters Movement of British India, the plane-spotters jailed for spying and how to save baby elephants!

(Photo: French President Francois Hollande welcomes former striker Norbert Gilmez during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. September 2016. Credit:Reuters.)

The 1960 Coup Against Haile Selassie2015121920151220 (WS)

In December 1960, while the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, was out of the country, his Imperial Bodyguard took over the capital Addis Ababa and proclaimed his son the new emperor. We speak to Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the grand nephew of Haile Selassie, about the coup. Dr Asfa-Wossen is the author of King of Kings, a new history of Haile Selassie's rule. Photo: Emperor Haile Selassie in the Royal Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, circa 1960. (Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

How Ethiopia's Emperor was almost overthrown in a bloody coup

The Amman Bombings2015111420151115 (WS)

Suicide bombings in Amman; a massacre in East Timor; and the fall of the Taliban

Suicide bombings in Amman; a massacre in East Timor that was a turning point on the road to independence; the fall of the Taliban; anti-Sikh riots in India; and the BBC's first wildlife broadcaster

The Amritsar Massacre Of 19192016041620160417 (WS)

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds.

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds and fueling calls for independence, plus the declaration of the Spanish Republic in 1931, and the high street coffee revolution which all started in Seattle with Starbucks 45 years ago.

(Photo: A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, 2010. Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

The Assassination Of Anwar Sadat2015101020151011 (WS)

The murder of Egypt’s president, a devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Barbary pirates

President Anwar Sadat’s widow remembers the day he was assassinated. Plus the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, the boy kidnapped by pirates and enslaved for 23 years, Britain’s Moors Murders and remembering Austria’s wine scandal.

(Photo: President Anwar Sadat (right) and his then deputy, Hosni Mubarak, at the military parade where moments later Sadat was gunned down by four army officers. (Credit: AFP)

The Assassination Of Benigno Aquino20130824

Murder in the Philippines; the crushing of the Prague Spring; and human shields in Iraq.

Murder on the runway in the Philippines; solving the mystery of Legionnaires' disease; the crushing of the Prague Spring; the little boy held as a human shield in Iraq; and the Painted Faces overthrow the government in Brazil.

Photo: Benigno Aquino on the plane home (courtesy of K. Kashiwahara)

The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky2015082220150823 (WS)

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, plus a bizarre mass poisoning in Oregon, the Dieppe Raid, and why the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh was arrested for spying.

(Photo: Esteban Volkov with his grandparents, Leon Trotsky and Natalia Sedova. Credit: Trotsky Museum, Mexico City)

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and mass poisoning in Oregon

The Attack On Fela Kuti2015092620150927 (WS)

One of Fela's former wives on the day the military stormed his compound, the lovely story of an old Ska superstar, we hear from the father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc, plus how the Plastic People of the Universe symbolised resistance to Czech communism, and why legendary crooner Jacques Brel quit the stage.

(Photo: Fela Kuti in 1986. Credit: Associated Press)

Fela vs Nigeria's military, an old Ska superstar, the father of Hip Hop and Jacques Brel.

The Attack On The Osirak Nuclear Reactor2016061120160612 (WS)

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus the history of the drug Ritalin, a restorer recalls her 20 years of work on da Vinci's Last Supper and the story of Mildred and Richard Loving - the mixed-race couple who turned into US civil rights pioneers.

Photograph: journalists are shown a destroyed nuclear reactor at Iraq's main nuclear research centre just south of Baghdad.(Credit: Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus Ritalin, da Vinci and US Civil Rights.

The Auschwitz Cellist2015090520150906 (WS)

A cellist survives thanks to her music, Russia's first DJ, the heyday of Somali music

The Battle Of The Somme2016070220160703 (WS)

Veterans recall horrific WW1 battle, forced sterilisation in Peru, London's Great Plague

First-hand accounts from the BBC archive of the horrific WW1 battle, plus forced sterilisation in Peru, London's Great Plague of 1665, Ukraine's wartime ultra-nationalists and the US river that caught fire.

Photo: British soldiers advance during the Battle of the Somme, September 1916 (PA)

The Battle Of Tora Bora2015121220151213 (WS)

The hunt for Bin Laden, a KKK trial, the siege of Kut, and the Velvet Underground.

The hunt for Bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan; a Ku Klux Klan trial in 1965; the siege of Kut in World War 1; an unexpected alliance in 1980s Britain with Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners; and seminal alternative rock band the Velvet Underground's first gig.

(Photo: Afghan fighters look out over a smoking valley after a US B-52 aircraft bombed a front line position in the mountains of Tora Bora in north-eastern Afghanistan. Credit: Associated Press)

The Battle Of Verdun2016022020160221 (WS)

The World War One battle that traumatised France; the Austrian mountaineer who wrote Seven Years in Tibet; how Christian Dior revolutionised fashion with the 'New Look'. Plus, how Foot-and-Mouth disease broke the hearts of British farmers and the botched assassination which humiliated the Israeli Secret Service.

(Photo: French Troops under fire at Verdun. Credit: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The battle that traumatised France, forbidden Tibet in the 1940s and fashion's New Look

The Break-up Of The Soviet Union20170101

Key players in the fall of the USSR recall the momentous events of December 1991

December 1991 saw the end of 70 years of communist rule and the collapse of the Soviet Union. We hear from two of the key signatories of the dissolution treaty, a witness to the ensuing crisis in one of the newly independent states, and from an American nuclear expert who helped clean-up the former USSR. Also, the performance artist protesting about the growing divide between rich and poor, and the first editor of Vogue magazine in Russia.

Photo: The leaders of Ukraine and Belorussia, alongside Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, at the ceremony formally dissolving the USSR in December 1991, Credit: AP

The Caracazo Protests2016022720160228 (WS)

Government austerity measures spark violent protests in Venezuela in 1989; the end of the Angolan civil war after the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi; exodus to Liberia from the American South; the overthrow of Filipino President Marcos; and murder in the world of Olympic wrestling, with the true story behind the Hollywood movie Foxcatcher.

(Photo: Venezuelan police in the street controlling crowds. Jose Cohen/AP Photo)

Deadly protests in Venezuela in 1989; exodus to Liberia; the Foxcatcher murder.

The Challenger Disaster2016013020160131 (WS)

The launch of space shuttle Challenger goes horribly wrong, Sharia in Nigeria, and Batman.

The launch of space shuttle Challenger goes horribly wrong, Rupert Murdoch goes to war with his print unions, Australia's 18th century penal colonies, Sharia law in Nigeria, and Batman comes to TV.

Photo: Christa McAuliffe (left) and Barbara Morgan. Credit: Nasa

The Death Of Che Guevara2014101120141012 (WS)

The CIA man who tracked down Che; the devastating Boer War, plus Thatcher and Hong Kong

The CIA man who tracked down Che in Bolivia; archive of Boer War veterans, plus Thatcher and Hong Kong in the 80s; the birth of climate change and the Norweigan commandos who sabotaged the Nazi nuclear programme.

The Death Of Grenada's Revolution20131019

The day Maurice Bishop was killed, escaping a Nazi death camp, and an ANC hero walks free

On October 19th 1983, Grenada's charismatic left-wing prime minister, Maurice BIshop, was killed. Plus a revolt in a Nazi death camp, the ANC leader Walter Sisulu walks free, and the nine black teenagers falsely accused of rape in 1930s America

Photo: Maurice Bishop in 1983 (BBC Pictures)

The Death Of Rock Hudson2015100320151004 (WS)

Angie Dickinson remembers her friend, the Hollywood superstar who became the most high profile celebrity to acknowledge he was suffering from Aids; plus one of the founding members of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, the Danish cartoon controversy, remembering Kabul's musicians' quarter and the birth of Karaoke.

Photo: Rock Hudson at the BBC.

A Hollywood star dies of Aids, plus Buena Vista Social Club, Danish cartoons and Karaoke.

The Death Of Virginia Woolf2016040220160403 (WS)

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life.

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life. Plus, an assassination attempt against US President Ronald Reagan, prohibition in Pakistan, and the sudden resignation of a British Prime Minister - Harold Wilson.

Photo: Virginia Woolf at the age of 20. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

The Dili Massacre20161120

Horror in East Timor, book-burning in Britain and the birth of the James Bond theme tune.

It is 25 years since Indonesian troops attacked protestors in the East Timorese capital, plus the impact of The Satanic Verses on British society, smuggling endangered birds out of the jungles of South America, a palace burns in Madagascar and the inspiration behind James Bond's theme tune.

(Photo: East Timorese activists preparing for the protest that ended in tragedy. Copyright: Max Stahl)

The Donner Party2016010220160103 (WS)

In 1846, a group of pioneers were trying to reach California by wagon when they were trapped by snow over the winter - and some were driven to cannibalism to survive. Their gruesome story has become a legend of the American West. Plus, fleeing Vietnam by boat, remembering the drama of the Millenium Bug, recalling Rasputin's murder in Tsarist Russia and we hear from the daughter of Soviet hero, Alexei Stakhanov.

PHOTO: The slopes of Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada range, near Lone Pine, California, USA. 20/04/2008.

A gruesome tale of the American West, Vietnamese refugees and a murder in Tsarist Russia.

The Fall Of Addis Ababa2014053120140601 (WS)

Rebels take over Ethiopia's capital, remembering Nehru, plus casinos and space monkeys

Rebels take over Ethiopia's capital, remembering Nehru, UK's first women's refuge, plus card counting in Vegas casinos and the first space monkeys

Photo: EPRDF rebels in Addis Ababa May 1991

The First Alzheimer's Patient2016011620160117 (WS)

The tragic case that led to the discovery of Alzheimer's disease, Nigeria’s first coup, a mother's account of a mass shooting in Pennsylvania, the story of the Freedom Tower in Tehran; plus, a forbidden art collection in the Soviet Union.

Photo: Auguste Deter photographed in the psychiatric hospital in Frankfurt where Dr Alzheimer worked, c.1901

The discovery of Alzheimer’s disease, Nigeria’s first coup and forbidden art in Russia

The First Palestinian Intifada2014072620140727 (WS)

The first intifada, plus the Jewish centre bombed in Argentina and Prince's Purple Rain

The first Palestinian intifada, plus first-hand accounts of the bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina, life in India under British rule, the killing by Basque separatist group ETA which sparked the largest demonstrations in Spanish history, plus 30 years on from the release of the film Purple Rain by musician Prince - we hear from his drummer Bobby Z.

(Photo: a Palestinian demonstrator throws a rock during violent protests against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in December 1987. Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

The Great Depression: One Man's Story2015103120151101 (WS)

Growing up in the Great Depression, Cuba's best ballerina and a Jewish enclave in USSR.

A story of growing up hungry in the Great Depression, Cuba's most famous ballerina, the special Jewish enclave in Soviet Siberia plus the birth of the UN, and the British man whose father and step-father both spied for Moscow.

Photo: unemployed men queue for work at a dockyard during the Great Depression (Credit:Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Imaginary War Heroes2016051420160515 (WS)

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened.

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened. It was the story of a small ill-equipped unit who destroyed over a dozen German tanks, delaying the German advance on Moscow. But it's unlikely that they destroyed a single tank, despite being widely promoted as heroes, during and after the war. Dina Newman tells the story.

Photo: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev walks near World War Two veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony in Dubosekovo on May 7, 2010 during a visit to a memorial to the 28 Panfilov heroes. Credit: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images.

The Invention Of The Tank20160917

The first tanks during WW1; the arrest of Abimael Guzman, leader of Peru's Shining Path movement; the discovery of the Lascaux cave paintings; the destruction of the ancient city of Smyrna; anthrax attacks in America after 9/11.

PICTURE: A British tank in France during World War I. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Khmer Rouge Enter Phnom Penh2013042020130422 (WS)

A survivor of the return to Year Zero in Cambodia, plus a WWI flyer, and 70 years of LSD.

A survivor of the return to Year Zero in Cambodia, plus a WWI flyer, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a state funeral in London and 70 years of LSD. Presented by Max Pearson.

Photo: Pol Pot leading Khmer Rouge fighters. AP Photo/Kyodo.

The King Of Highlife2015091220150913 (WS)

West Africa's Highlife; the original TV boy band, and Egypt mourns Umm Kulthoum

The new style of dance band, Highlife music, that defined an era in West Africa; the original TV boy band; Noel Coward with the mob in Las Vegas, Nusrut Fateh Ali Khan, and how Egypt mourned Umm Kulthoum.

Photo: E.T Mensah and the Tempos band c.1955 Copyright: John Collins

The Last Days Of Adolf Hitler20130504

We hear from someone who was with him at the end, plus US Civil Rights, and Germany 1968

We hear from someone who was with him at the end in the underground bunker in Berlin, plus the role of children in the US Civil Rights movement, a pair of very unusual art collectors and student uprisings in Germany in 1968.

Photo: Getty Images

The Launch Of The Moral Majority2016061820160619 (WS)

The launch of the 'Moral Majority' in the USA, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the fall of Paris to the Germans in 1940 and TV arrives in Bhutan - but not until 1999!

(Photo: Ronald Reagan with Richard Viguerie in Atlanta, Georgia, 1975, courtesy of ConservativeHQ.com)

The launch of the 'Moral Majority' in the USA, Mount Pinatubo and TV in Bhutan.

The Leningrad Symphony2015091920150920 (WS)

The concert in besieged Leningrad, Iranian revolutionary musicians, plus Miriam Makeba.

The concert by starving musicians in besieged Leningrad, Iranian musicians who battled the Shah, plus Miriam Makeba, Willie Nelson on Farm Aid, and the first ever Glastonbury Festival.

(Photo: Official Soviet picture of Dmitri Shostakovich working on his famous Seventh ("Leningrad") Symphony. AFP/Getty Images)

The Marsh Arabs2014111520141116 (WS)

The destruction of Iraq's marshes by Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein's terrible revenge on Iraq's Marsh Arabs. And, we hear of the Soviet spies operating in British suburbia, the diamond find that changed Botswana's fortunes and the white minority's Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1960s Rhodesia.

The Mayak Nuclear Disaster2016100120161002 (WS)

A nuclear disaster, America's worst prison riot, World War Two internment and apartheid

One of the world's worst nuclear disasters, the most notorious prison riot in America, Second World War internment in Australia, resistance in apartheid South Africa, and one of Britain's most celebrated artists, Stanley Spencer, through the eyes of his daughters.

Photo: The Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant in 2010. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

The Mexican American War2016090320160904 (WS)

We hear about the lowest point in US-Mexican relations, plus the last case of Smallpox.

The American war against Mexico in the 19th century, the demise of an Islamic kingdom in Central Asia, the last ever case of Smallpox, 30 years of the Burning Man festival in the desert and the moment when Sweden switched from driving on the left to the right.

(Photo: General Scott's entrance into Mexico City. Hand coloured lithograph. Credit: Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot)

The Miss World Protest2014030820140309 (WS)

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970.

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970. Also, Ghanaian WW2 veterans shot by British police in 1948, the Soviet probe sent to Halley's Comet in 1986, the British miners' strike, and the rise of Transcendental Meditation in the West.

Photo: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Nairobi Embassy Bombing2016081320160814 (WS)

A Kenyan hero who survived al Qaeda's first major attack, plus Man on Wire above New York, 1960s London gangsters The Krays , digging up Israel's history at Masada and post-war forced deportations to the USSR

Photo: Rescue workers at the scene of the Nairobi embassy bombing (AFP/Getty Images)

A Kenyan hero who survived al Qaeda attack, Man on Wire, the Krays and digging up Masada

The Nestle Boycott2016071620160717 (WS)

In the 1970s consumer pressure forced big business to change the way it marketed powdered baby milk in developing countries. Plus, we hear from a child refugee who escaped the Spanish Civil War 80 years ago, a survivor of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, and stories and songs from an uprising in Central Asia a century ago.

Photo: Mother and baby feeding in Kenya 1975. Credit BBC Panorama.

1970s consumer pressure on big business, plus child refugees from 80 years ago.

The October Crisis In Canada2015101720151018 (WS)

Quebec separatists in 1970, Nurse Cavell executed in WW1, Russians in Shanghai

(Photo: A soldier guarding a street corner in Montreal in October 1970. Credit: Associated Press)

The Omagh Bombing20130817

Worst single attack in N. Ireland conflict; scientists flee Nazi Germany; Stanley Kubrick

In this week's episode: The deadliest single attack in the Northern Ireland conflict; scientists flee Nazi Germany; conflict in Congo, plus potato beetles as Cold War weapons and working with Stanley Kubrick.

Photo: Omagh town centre after the bombing. AP

The Original Revolutionary Feminist2016031220160313 (WS)

Russia's revolutionary feminist, British women after the First World War, poisoning in the Balkans, a miscarriage of justice in Britain, and the world's worst aviation disaster

Feminism in the 20th century, poisoning in the Balkans, and a miscarriage of justice

The Outbreak Of World War One2014080220140803 (WS)

Witnesses to the start of WW1, The Comet, Martha Stewart in jail and Christian the lion

Witnesses to the start of WW1, the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, plus meeting Martha Stewart in jail, The Comet - the world's first jet airliner and Christian, the pet lion.

The Pitcairn Sex Abuse Trial20161113

Alleged sex abuse on a remote island, a controversial Kurdish song, men versus computers

A mass child sex abuse trial on a remote island in the Pacific that shocked the world, a controversial Kurdish song, the birth of Rolling Stone magazine, men versus computers, and street fighting in San Salvador in the 1980s

Photo: Adamstown, seen in this June 2003 photo of Pitcairn Island (AP)

The River That Caught Fire2014062120140622 (WS)

The US river that burst into flames, Russia's Mata Hari, Hungary's revolutionary martyr - plus the detective at the heart of the OJ Simpson car chase.

(Photo: Cuyahoga River. Credit: BBC)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Russian Revolution2015110720151108 (WS)

as remembered by Alexander Kerensky, leader of the government overthrown by the Bolsheviks; the Jarrow Crusade during the Great Depression; the Green March in the Sahara desert; WW2’s battle of El Alamein; and Britain’s last executioner.

Photo: Demonstrators gather in front of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, formerly St Petersburg, during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Bolsheviks take power in Russia, the battle of El Alamein, and Britain’s last executioner

The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu2016052120160522 (WS)

French forces surrender in Vietnam; the filming of Citizen Kane; the 1968 Paris riots.

French forces surrender in Vietnam after the battle of Dien Bien Phu, signalling the end of French colonialism in Indochina. Plus, Marcus Garvey's black nationalism; the filming of Citizen Kane; Maori rights; and the 1968 riots in Paris.

(Photo: a French military Red Cross helicopter preparing to land, while French soldiers try to defend their positions in Dien Bien Phu against the Viet Minh, 23 March 1954. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Srebrenica Massacre2014071220140713 (WS)

Srebrenica massacre, Pakistan's Red Mosque, death of Kim il Sung, Rainbow Warrior, Neruda

, as remembered by a man who lost three members of his family, the siege of Pakistan's Red Mosque and the death of North Korean dictator Kim il Sung, 20 years on. Also this week, French agents bomb the Greenpeace campaign ship - the Rainbow Warrior, and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

(Photo: Bosnian women cry at the grave of a relative in the Potocari memorial cemetery near Srebrenica. Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

The Thalidomide Trial2016052820160529 (WS)

German drugs company goes on trial; Hands Across America; the execution of Anne Boleyn.

Executives of the German company that made the drug Thalodomide go on trial. Plus, Chechen rebels negotiate peace with President Yeltsin; the Israeli airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews; Hands Across America, the day millions of Americans formed a human chain to try to end poverty; and the execution of the Queen of England, Anne Boleyn.

Photograph: A Thalidomide child undergoes rehabilitation, 1963 (Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

The University Of Texas Shooting2016080620160807 (WS)

The first campus killings in the US; an arts festival in Lebanon; meeting JD Salinger

On 1 August 1966, student Charles Whitman shot dead 14 people and injured another 32 in America's first mass shooting at a university. Plus, the oldest arts festival in the Middle East; how President Reagan smashed the power of the trade unions; and meeting JD Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye".

PHOTO: Associated Press.

The World's First Hand Transplant2014092720140928 (WS)

A transplant which didn't end well; The Cuban 5; Senegal ferry disaster; Bokassa falls.

The ground breaking transplant which didn't end well; Cuban spies in the US, Africa's worst maritime disaster; the fall of Bokassa and Friends at 20

Thomas Sankara African Revolutionary20131012

The inspiring African leader; Jews flee Nazi Denmark; and exotic dancer Josephine Baker.

The life and death of the inspiring West African leader; tunnelling under the Berlin Wall; and how exotic dancer Josephine Baker wowed 1920s Paris. Plus, the flight of Denmark's Jews during World War II and Witness remembers the campaigning Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

U2 Spy Plane2016050720160508 (WS)

In May 1960 an American U2 spy-plane was shot down over Soviet territory. Its pilot, Gary Powers, was lucky to escape alive. Hear from his son. Also, the Salem witch trials in 17th century America, plus HItler's A-bomb, the devastating attacks on Belfast during World War Two and a unique insight into the life of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba.

(Photo: Pilot Gary Powers appearing before a US Senate Armed Forces Committee in Washington, after his release from the Soviet Union. Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

A secret spy plane shot down over the USSR, Salem Witches, Hitler's A-bomb and Hemingway.

Uprising In South Korea2014052420140525 (WS)

The uprising in South Korea, Rajiv Ghandi assasination, and the Pope and the Jews

The uprising in South Korea, the assasination of Rajiv Ghandi, the first Papal visit to a synagogue, saving Russian soldiers in Chechnya, and student riots in Indonesia.

Photo: A South Korean soldier wields a baton while stopping a student. Credit: AP

Willie Nelson's Farm Aid2014100420141005 (WS)

Benefit concert for poor US farmers, Japan launches world's fastest train, and James Dean

Benefit concert for poor US farmers, world's first same-sex civil union, the fall of Kabul plus Japan launches world's fastest train, and the death of James Dean.

World War One In Africa2014083020140831 (WS)

WWI African veterans, the suicide of a Brazilian President, escape of deadly smallpox

World War One in Africa, the Merry Pranksters' LSD road trip, the first battery operated heart, the last case of smallpox and the suicide of the President who created the modern Brazil.

World's First Nuclear-powered Submarine2014012520140126 (WS)

USS Nautilus launched; serial killer Ted Bundy killed; voluntary starvation for science.

The USS Nautilus launched; serial killer Ted Bundy executed by electric chair; the Siege of Leningrad ends; the birth of Nigeria; and the conscientious objectors who volunteered for starvation in the name of science.

PHOTO: Courtesy of the US Navy

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Yoyes, Eta's Female Icon20161218

The death of a Basque fighter, resisting the Nazis in Lithuania, and a Hindu milk miracle

The life and untimely death of a Basque separatist fighter, resisting the Nazis in Lithuania, a medical breakthrough that prevented babies from dying in their cots, the grand old lady of Brazilian TV soaps, and the Hindu milk miracle.

Photograph: Maria Dolores Gonzalez Katarain, known as Yoyes, who was the first woman to join the leadership of the separatist group, ETA

Zapatista Rebels In Mexico2014010420140105 (WS)

An indigenous revolt in Chiapas; the traitor Lord Haw Haw; Iran protests; and Edith Piaf.

The indigenous revolt which shocked Mexico; the notorious British traitor Lord Haw Haw; protests against the Shah of Iran; and the French singer Edith Piaf remembered by her friends and lovers.