The History Hour

The History Hour

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When Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor

On 7 June 1981 Israeli fighter jets launched a surprise attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor...

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The war on drugs

US President Richard Nixon declared illegal drugs 'public enemy number one' in 1971 and launched...

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Amilcar Cabral: an African liberation legend

We remember Amilcar Cabral, who led the armed struggle against Portuguese colonial rule in West...

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When Egypt said Enough

Under the slogan 'kefaya' which means 'enough' in Arabic, in 2004 Egyptians began protesting in...

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Why a British MP was filmed taking mescaline

# Warning: This programme contains descriptions of drug use # In 1955 Christopher Mayhew MP took...

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The IRA hunger strikes

The IRA hunger strikes of 1981 – Max Pearson hears from Suzanne Breen of the Belfast...

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The killing of Osama Bin Laden

It is 10 years since the al-Qaeda leader was killed. We look at the US special forces operation...

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How the NRA became a US political lobbying giant

The origins of the gun lobby in the US. Plus we speak to Prof Robert Spitzer about the power of...

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The first woman in the US Supreme Court

Sandra Day O\'Connor was appointed to America\'s top court in 1981. She\'d been nominated by...

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The women who reclaimed the night

We hear from the women who started \"Reclaim the Night\" marches in the north of England in 1977...

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Black Jesus

On Easter Sunday 1967 the Reverend Albert Cleage re-named his church in Detroit the Shrine of the...

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South Africa fights for cheaper drugs during the AIDS epidemic, the man born into slavery in...

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The hunt to find the Jamaican drug lord wanted for extradition to the United States, the six men...

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The women of Egypt's Arab Spring

The women of Egypt's Arab Spring; the underground abortion network in 1960s America; Greece's...

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The Iron Curtain

Churchill's Iron Curtain speech about the Cold War, the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa...

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The fall of Kwame Nkrumah

An eyewitness account of the overthrow of Ghana's famous independence leader. And we examine...

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Black History: The Black Panthers

As part of our Black History coverage we look back at the Black Panthers and ask Professor...

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US 'smart bombs' hit an Iraqi air raid shelter

More than 400 civilians were killed when two US precision bombs hit the Amiriya air raid shelter...

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The Burma protests of 1988

In August 1988, people took to the streets of Burma, or Myanmar, to protest against the country's...

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The Arab Spring of 2011

In the early months of 2011 a wave of social unrest swept across the Arab world as people...

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