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Days that Shaped America: Oklahoma City – The Terrorist act that brought a shaken city together

The explosion Wednesday 19 April 1995 was a sunny spring morning in downtown Oklahoma, and the scene in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 8.30am was usual for the hour. Federal workers were entering the building and parents were taking their children to the day care centre on the second floor. Just before 9am…Read more

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents – The spymasters who ran the world’s first secret service

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents   The starting point is the term intelligence itself. For many of us, intelligence invokes images of daring covert operations. Daring-do for Queen (or King) and Country, exotic locations, mind boggling gadgetry, a designer tuxedo, car chases and martinis; lots and lots of martinis – shaken not stirred. This really could…Read more

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Robert Kennedy

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Robert Kennedy – 06/06/1968   It has been 50 years since the assassination of Robert Kennedy. The 42-year-old presidential candidate was mortally wounded shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He had just won the California presidential primaries for the 1968 presidential election. Kennedy had…Read more

‘Mateship’ celebrates centenary of bond between Australia and USA

HISTORY channel presents Mateship: Australia & USA – A Century Together a one-hour documentary celebrating 100 years of the close bonds that unite Australia and America. Since July 4 1918, the United States of America and Australia have never fought a major war without each other. It’s one of the longest alliances in modern history. The relationship…Read more

65th Anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation

The Queen’s Coronation In Colour   The Historic Event The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey, an historic location that has hosted more than 1000 years of British history. The Coronation itself was also steeped in tradition consisting of a complex program of events and rituals that went back to…Read more

The Queen’s Coronation In Colour – History of the succession to the British throne

A Media-eval Spectacular The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey was one of the great spectacles of the 20th Century, and also one of the most publicised, being the first British Coronation to be filmed and also televised direct. In addition the era of home movies had begun and thousands of…Read more

WWI: The First Modern War – Massive Air Attacks

100th Anniversary of the Independent Air Force WWI – 06/06/1918   Birth of Air Bombing The start of the First World War in 1914 saw the beginnings of mass slaughter on a scale never seen before as modern weapons such as heavy artillery and machine guns reaped a terrible toll on the battlefield. Although the early…Read more

Royal Wedding

HISTORY is celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a royal line-up this weekend.   Inside Windsor Castle Uncover the scandals, triumphs and betrayals of the Royal family in this gripping new four-part series. Windsor Castle is the ultimate symbol of Royal might, grandeur and power, attracting tourists in their millions. But…Read more

History’s Greatest Lies – 2003: Iraq & Weapons of Mass Destruction

  Saddam Hussein was unarguably a brutal dictator. He ruled Iraq from 1979 until 2003. Three years later, in 2006, he was hanged. Under Saddam’s leadership and for over a decade preceding, Iraq actively researched, produced and ultimately did employ weapons of mass destruction. Saddam was internationally condemned for his use of chemical weapons during the…Read more

Sinatra and The Jack Pack

During the late 1950’s two of the most famous Americans of the 20th Century came together in a way that was not commonly known at the time, and the results were an explosive series of events that went close to creating a national scandal of colossal proportions. The two Americans in question were Frank Sinatra…Read more

100th Anniversary of the birth of Julius Rosenberg

Julius Rosenberg was a citizen of the United States who was born on 12 May 1918, but would die prematurely at the age of only 35, seated on the electric chair at Sing Sing Correctional facility in New York. His wife Ethel was executed soon after, with the couple having the terrible distinction of being the…Read more

100th Anniversary of the birth of Richard Feynman

11 May 1918 was the birthday of Richard Feynman – one of the leading physicists of the 20th Century – whose work in physics, and the public communication of his ideas, was to have a massive impact on science that continues to reverberate into today’s world. He showed an early interest in science, and by the age…Read more

History’s Greatest Lies – 1985: The Rainbow Warrior

  The bombing of the Green Peace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior in The Port of Auckland was an act of state sponsored terrorism. New Zealand has always been sensitive towards environmental causes and was openly critical of the French nuclear testing taking place in nearby Polynesia. Executive director of Green Peace France, Jean-François Julliard explains….Read more

WW1 was to be the war to end all wars – so why did peace only last 20 years?

Impossible Peace   The tumultuous two decades between the First World War and the Second World War are sometimes referred to as the Impossible Peace. Historically, it is a relatively short period, yet it was an era of significant global change. The once mighty empires that stood for hundreds of years were in decline; Europe…Read more

The battles won and battles lost that shaped the outcome of the greatest conflict in history

Battles Won and Lost   Every battle is both a victory and a defeat – it depends which flag you fly. The First World War was a war of attrition. Opposing armies faced each other at a front fighting each other with very little gains in terms of territory and resources for either side. This…Read more

History’s Greatest Lies – 1972: Watergate Scandal

  With respect to the investigation presently underway in Washington DC by special counsel Robert Mueller into the activities of the campaign committee of the forty-fifth president of the United States, and how that may transpire, The Watergate scandal is arguably the greatest political scandal in US history. Following a break-in by five men at…Read more

Kingpin – The most famous kingpins in crime history

Kingpin Wednesdays at 8:30pm AEST from May 2 until May 23   Kingpin examines the life and crimes of four of the most notorious crime bosses of recent times with interviews of those who were there, archive footage, surveillance photographs and brilliantly cast breathtakingly vivid re-enactments. Originally a bowling term, the Kingpin was the pin that…Read more

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Coral-Balmoral

  The Battle of Coral-Balmoral, an intense, continuous and raging gunfight that drew Australian and New Zealand troops into a lethal vortex beginning on 12 May 1968, turned out to be one of the most significant actions of the Vietnam War. Sustained intense fighting continued across a 26-day period, night and day, with the Australian positions…Read more

100th Anniversary of the Abbeville Conference

The Great War Tuesdays at 10:30pm AEST from May 1 until May 15   Relations between the United States and Germany during the First World War steadily worsened as the conflict progressed, with Germany’s submarine warfare, directed against merchant vessels as well as naval ships, a particularly sore point. The United States broke off diplomatic relationships…Read more

200th Anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

One of the most influential thinkers of history, Karl Marx was born on 5th May 1818, in Trier, Germany. The philosophy he developed, called Marxism, became the fundamental platform of communism, a form of Government that was eventually adopted by around one third of the world’s population during the 20th century. Marx was born into…Read more