In August 1947, British India was divided into two new countries - India and Pakistan. But millions of people found themselves on the wrong side of the new borders.
Witness: The Liberation of Paris
Listen to archive of some of the war correspondents who covered the liberation of Paris in Aug. 1944
Witness: Zimbabwe's Rebel Writer
Dambudzo Marechera was a Zimbabwean writer famous for his explosive behaviour. On August 18th 1987 he died of an AIDS-related illness after living rough in Harare.
Witness: Carlos the Jackal
In 1994, 'Carlos the Jackal' was arrested in Khartoum after decades on the run. We speak to a former CIA operative, Billy Waugh, who tracked him down.
Witness: The Plot to Kill Franco
In Aug 1964, a young Scottish anarchist was arrested in Madrid for his part in a plot to assassinate the Spanish dictator, Gen. Franco.
Witness: Wizard of Oz
The cast and crew remember the making of the legendary Hollywood musical.
Witness: The Supremes
Mary Wilson of The Supremes talks about how the Motown group began taking the US music charts by storm in the summer of 1964.
Witness: Marooned in Stalin's Russia
How thousands of Polish prisoners tried to flee the USSR after being freed when the Nazis invaded Stalin's Russia in the summer of 1941.
Witness: Internment in Northern Ireland
In Aug 1971 the British Army began detaining hundreds of people suspected of belonging to paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. They were held without charge or trial.
Witness: The Resignation of President Nixon
It's 40 years since Richard Nixon became the first, and so far only, US President to resign from office. Farhana Haider has been speaking to journalist Tom DeFrank who watched the drama unfold.
Witness: Lindow Man
In August 1984, the 2000 year old remains of a man were found preserved in a peat bog in England
Witness: The Cowra Breakout
On August 5 1944 hundreds of Japanese prisoners escaped from an Australian POW camp in the outback.
Witness: The Warsaw Uprising
In August 1944, Polish resistance fighters rose up against German occupying forces. The uprising killed some 200,000 people and virtually destroyed Poland's capital.
Witness: Martha Stewart in prison
How the American TV celebrity survived five months in jail.
Witness: Christian - The Lion From London
How a lion cub bought in Harrods became a Youtube sensation.
Witness: The World's First Jet Airliner
In 1949, the British-built de Havilland Comet took off for the first time. But a flaw in the construction of the world's first jet airliner would end up costing lives.
Witness: Purple Rain
July 1984 saw the release of the film Purple Rain, starring pop music phenomenon Prince.
Witness: The First Intifada
In 1987 a Palestinian uprising began in Gaza - it became known as the Intifada.
Witness: The Last Days of British Rule in India
English-born Anne Wright talks about growing up in the last days of British India.
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.
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