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Imelda Marcos's famous shoe collection BBC
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Imelda Marcos's famous shoe collection

In 2001, more than 700 pairs of Imelda Marcos’s shoes were put on display at the Marikina Shoe...

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Adi Dassler's sports shoe obsession BBC
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Adi Dassler's sports shoe obsession

How the Dassler brothers created two global sportswear firms. In 1948, Adi and Rudi Dassler who...

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How a Brazilian flip-flop took over the world BBC
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How a Brazilian flip-flop took over the world

In 1962, a new brand of footwear launched that would become one of Brazil’s most successful and...

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Bata: Pioneering shoemakers BBC
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Bata: Pioneering shoemakers

Bata was a Czech company which pioneered assembly line shoemaking and sold affordable footwear...

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When Cuban spy Ana Montes was caught BBC
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When Cuban spy Ana Montes was caught

In 2001, the American Ana Montes, who was working for the United States Defense Intelligence...

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Baghdad heavy metal BBC
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Baghdad heavy metal

In the late 1990s, a heavy metal band called Acrassicauda formed in Iraq, when the country was...

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How nuclear testing changed politics in French Polynesia BBC
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How nuclear testing changed politics in French Polynesia

It's 20 years since elections in French Polynesia in 2004, where the independence movement...

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The creation of the state of Israel BBC
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The creation of the state of Israel

On 14 May 1948, the state of Israel was proclaimed. Tears and applause met the declaration,...

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The ‘Catastrophe’ for Palestinians BBC
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The ‘Catastrophe’ for Palestinians

In 1948, tens of thousands of Palestinians left their homes in the Middle East, never to return....

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Princess Diana at the Taj Mahal BBC
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Princess Diana at the Taj Mahal

In 1992, a photograph of Princess Diana alone on a bench in front of the Taj Mahal became one of...

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How a billion Indians got a digital ID BBC
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How a billion Indians got a digital ID

In 2009, the Indian government embarked on an ambitious task to register all of the country's...

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The pioneering eye surgery that led to Lasik BBC
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The pioneering eye surgery that led to Lasik

In 1963, Dr Jose Ignacio Barraquer Moner performed the first surgery on a human eye aimed at...

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East Germany's coffee from Vietnam BBC
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East Germany's coffee from Vietnam

In the 1980s, a thirst for caffeine caused an unusual global collaboration. Coffee-loving East...

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Friends: The making of a smash hit BBC
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Friends: The making of a smash hit

When a new show called Friends hit American TV screens in September 1994, it made household names...

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The Channel Tunnel breakthrough BBC
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The Channel Tunnel breakthrough

Thirty years on from the opening of the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, we look at the...

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Ukraine's 'museum of corruption' BBC
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Ukraine's 'museum of corruption'

In February 2014, Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych fled the country. His estate was...

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How to win friends and influence people BBC
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How to win friends and influence people

In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote one of the world’s most popular self help books - How to Win Friends...

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How the Milgram 'obedience' experiment shocked the world BBC
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How the Milgram 'obedience' experiment shocked the world

In 1961, the American psychologist Stanley Milgram began a series of controversial experiments on...

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Finding the victims of Stroessner's Paraguay BBC
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Finding the victims of Stroessner's Paraguay

It’s 70 years since General Alfredo Stroessner seized power in Paraguay in a military coup....

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Oliver Tambo returns to South Africa from exile BBC
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Oliver Tambo returns to South Africa from exile

On 13 December 1990, the anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo returned to South Africa after 30...

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