The Death of Rock Hudson10/01/15
In October 1985 the Hollywood superstar became the most high profile celebrity to acknowledge he was suffering from Aids. Fellow actor Angie Dickinson remembers her friend. Photo: Rock Hudson at the BBC. Credit: BBC
In the autumn of 2005 a Danish newspaper published 12 images of the Prophet Muhammad. The pictures shocked local muslims, and went on to cause outrage around the world. Hear from Danish journalist Flemming Rose who published them, and Imran Shah a...
Buena Vista Social Club
In 1996 a group of veteran musicians made an album that changed the image of Cuban music for ever. Some of the artists had come out of retirement for the occasion. Laoud-player, Barbarito Torres, remembers that ground-breaking recording session in...
The Birth of Karaoke
Daisuke Inoue was playing in a band in Kobe Japan in 1971 when he invented the Karaoke machine. He came up with the idea for a customer who wanted to impress business clients by singing along to his favourite songs. Photo:Heather from Eastenders sings...
Witness: Kabul Musicians' Quarter
The home of Afghanistan's traditional musicians was destroyed in 1992.
Kabul Musicians' Quarter
The area which had housed Afghanistan's traditional musicians for generations was destroyed during factional fighting in 1992. Ustad Ghulam Hossain, master of the rubab instrument, had to flee the city with his family. Monica Whitlock has spoken to...
The Plastic People of the Universe
In the 1970s, the psychedelic Czech rock band played an unexpected role in the resistance to communist rule. Their imprisonment by the authorities prompted playwright, Václav Havel, to form the human rights group, Charter 77. The organisation was at...
Witness: Bertrand Russell
A look back at the life of the English philosopher and political activist, incorporating material from the BBC archives.
Witness: Miguel Angel Blanco
In July 1997, the Basque separatist group ETA shocked Spain by kidnapping a young politician and killing him 48 hours later.
Witness: Attack on Argentina's Jews
In 1994 a car bomb exploded outside a Jewish community centre, known as the AMIA, in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. Eighty five people were killed. No-one has ever been convicted.
Witness: The Plot to Kill Hitler
On 20th July 1944, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to kill Adolf Hitler. We speak to von Stauffenberg's son, Berthold.
Witness: Turkey Invades Cyprus
On July 20th 1974 Turkish troops invaded Cyprus. Hear from two Cypriots, who were young women at the time.
Witness: The Fall of Somoza
In July 1979 Sandinista rebels toppled the last member of the Somoza dynasty that had ruled Nicaragua for more than 50 years.
Witness: The Chappaquiddick Incident
In July 1969 the US Senator Edward Kennedy was involved in a car accident in which a young woman died. Police Chief Jim Arena dealt with the case.
Witness: The Death of Frida Kahlo
We hear from someone who knew Frida Kahlo, the celebrated Mexican artist, who died in July 1954, aged just 47.
Witness: Pablo Neruda
Recordings of the great Chilean poet from the BBC archives.
Witness: The Srebrenica Massacre
In July 1995 Bosnian Serb troops murdered thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.
Witness: Rainbow Warrior
In July 1985 the Greenpeace campaign ship, the Rainbow Warrior, was bombed by French agents in New Zealand. One environmentalist on board was killed and the boat sank. Pete Wilcox was the Rainbow Warrior’s captain and he spoke to Claire Bowes in 2010.
Witness: Death of Kim Il Sung
It's 20 years since the death of North Korea's founding leader Kim Il Sung, sparking an outpouring of national grief.
Witness: The Storming of the Red Mosque
In 2007 militants took over a mosque in Islamabad - Pakistani troops laid siege.
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