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A Cold War love affair BBC
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A Cold War love affair

The East German authorities built the Berlin Wall in 1961 to keep their people in. Thousands had...

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The first bicycle-sharing scheme BBC
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The first bicycle-sharing scheme

In the mid-1960s a Dutch engineer called Luud Schimmelpennink came up with a scheme to share...

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Martin Luther King Day BBC
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Martin Luther King Day

This week Americans have been observing the Martin Luther King Jr Day national holiday, which...

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The rise of Boko Haram BBC
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The rise of Boko Haram

How a small Nigerian Islamist group launched one of the deadliest insurgencies in Africa. In...

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The first silicone breast implants BBC
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The first silicone breast implants

30-year-old Texan Timmie Jean Lindsey was the first woman in the world to have silicone breast...

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Costa Concordia BBC
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Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia hit submerged rocks off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012, leaving a...

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Malick Sidibé: Mali's superstar photographer BBC
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Malick Sidibé: Mali's superstar photographer

The Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé, is one of Africa’s most celebrated artists. His...

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Kazakhstan's nuclear legacy BBC
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Kazakhstan's nuclear legacy

After its independence, Kazakhstan had to deal with the legacy of being one of the centres of the...

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India's freedom fighter: Subhas Chandra Bose BBC
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India's freedom fighter: Subhas Chandra Bose

In 2022, India is holding a series of events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of...

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Mozambique's Eduardo Mondlane: From professor to freedom fighter BBC
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Mozambique's Eduardo Mondlane: From professor to freedom fighter

On February 3rd 1969, Eduardo Mondlane - the founder of FRELIMO, Mozambique’s Liberation...

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Marcel Proust BBC
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Marcel Proust

In 2022, France is marking the centenary of the death of the novelist Marcel Proust, the author...

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The end of Stalinist rule in Albania BBC
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The end of Stalinist rule in Albania

In 1990 Albania’s communist government agreed to allow independent political parties...

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The secret history of Monopoly BBC
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The secret history of Monopoly

In 1904, a left-wing American feminist called Lizzy Magie patented a board game that evolved into...

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Lego BBC
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Lego

The Lego brick, one of the world's most popular toys, was invented in the small Danish town of...

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Grand Theft Auto BBC
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Grand Theft Auto

A new action-adventure computer game - designed in Scotland - became a surprise global hit in...

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Tetris BBC
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Tetris

In 1984 Tetris, one of the most popular computer games ever, was invented in Moscow. Chloe...

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Pong and the birth of computer games BBC
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Pong and the birth of computer games

In 1973, a video game was invented which would change the way we play. An on screen version of...

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The home of Santa Claus BBC
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The home of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi, a small town in Lapland, is home to dozens of Christmas tourist attractions and is...

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Bahrain's 2011 protests BBC
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Bahrain's 2011 protests

In 2011, thousands of protestors occupied Pearl Roundabout near the centre of Bahrain’s...

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The right to drive in Saudi Arabia BBC
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The right to drive in Saudi Arabia

In 2011, cybersecurity expert Manal Al-Sharif helped found the Women2Drive movement. It was...

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