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  • A Year To Remember - 1937

    In this episode: - The tragedy of the Spanish Civil War intensifies- The year of Guernica- Japan and China are at war- USA: Franklin D. Roosevelt begins his second term as president- Edward VIII has resolved to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson- Prince Albert, father of Elizabeth and Margare...

  • A Year To Remember - 1938

    In this episode: - The threat of war- Spain: A bloody civil war rages between a left wing republican government and fascist nationalists led by Franco- Far East: Imperialist Japan fights to conquer China- Europe: Hitler’s aim of enlarging Germany’s borders- Neville Chamberlain resolves to negotia...

  • A Year To Remember - 1939

    In this episode: - WW2 seems inevitable and yet unreal- Spain: The civil war ends- Hitler parades in Prague amidst the jeers and tears of the beaten Czech nation- Hitler surprises the world by signing a non-aggression pact with Russia- The coronation of Pope Pius XII- New York's World Fair opens

  • A Year To Remember - 1940

    In this episode: - Finland: Stalin’s Red Army has been fighting a dogged opposition- The progress of the Germans pushes British forces back to the sea- A massive evacuation operation is mounted- Coventry is bombed- The King receives a decoration- First woman naval doctor

  • A Year To Remember - 1941

    In this episode: - The Germans widen their operations- Hitler orders the bombing of Dublin and other Irish towns- Mussolini’s army suffers a string of setbacks- Roosevelt secures a record 3rd term as president and introduces the lend-lease scheme- Hitler throws Panzer divisions against Russia- Pe...

  • A Year To Remember - 1942

    In this episode: - USA joining the allied forces marks a turning point in the war- A significant victory prompts Churchill to make one of his most famous speeches- The Battle of the Coral Sea- Hitler’s troops fight the vicious Battle of Stalingrad- The Germans formulate their plans to rid Europe ...

  • A Year To Remember - 1943

    In this episode: - The year in which the allies made steady progress against the Nazis- In Russia, the bloody siege of Stalingrad comes to an end with the surrender of German forces- In Northern Africa the forces unleashed by the Allies sees success- The Allies take 110,000 prisoners of war - Reg...

  • A Year To Remember - 1944

    In this episode: - 1944 saw the moves that undermined any chance of Nazi success- The Normandy landings – the world’s biggest combined land, sea and air operation- The Allies take complete control of Normandy- Paris is liberated after courageous work by the French underground resistance- Those ar...

  • A Year To Remember - 1945

    In this episode: - 1945 would end in peace and the dawning of a new era in world history- Hitler shoots himself at news of the Russian advance on Berlin- American and Russian troops shake hands across the ruins of Germany and the war is over- FDR tragically dies within sight of victory and Harry ...

  • A Year To Remember - 1946

    In this episode: - Nations turn their attention to reconstruction and the prospects for the future- Winston Churchill makes his famous speech in which he describes an iron curtain falling across Europe- The first verbal battles of the Cold War are fought- In China, civil war rages between Mao Zed...

  • A Year To Remember - 1947

    In this episode: - Hopes for new improvements in Anglo-Russian relations fly high- Truman declares war on Soviet Russia- The invention of the press button car park- Al Capone dies- Palestine problem handed to the U.N.- Australia's £20,000,000 for Britain

  • A Year To Remember - 1948

    In this episode: - Jamaicans arrive in Britain- The drama of Palestine- Mahatma Gandhi dies- General Eisenhower retires- Berlin in crisis- The silver wedding in Britain

  • A Year To Remember - 1949

    In this episode: - A year in which Europe’s regeneration gathers pace- The creation of the Federal Republic of Germany- Russia’s blockade of Berlin- Anti-communist hysteria sweeps America- China becomes a communist state

  • A Year To Remember - 1950

    In this episode: - In America, anti-communist hysteria gathers pace- Stalin and the new Chinese leader sign a pact of friendship- USA decides to build the Hydrogen Bomb- Prince Rainier III ascends the throne of Monaco, Europe's tiniest state- Communist forces attack the Republic of Korea- Korea: ...

  • A Year To Remember - 1951

    In this episode: - The Korean War unfolds against the backdrop of growing nuclear tension- USA test its first H-bombs - a thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima bombs- Iran snubs the British by nationalising the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company

  • A Year To Remember - 1952

    In this episode: - USA's first H-bomb test and Britain's first atom bomb- Korean war continues: fears that China might intervene in the Asian conflict- Britain's presence in Egypt and around the Suez Canal questioned- Churchill visits President Truman in America- The funeral of Eva Peron- John Co...

  • A Year To Remember - 1953

    In this episode: - Queen Elizabeth's coronation- Britain’s Le Mans triumph- President Eisenhower warns the world that the Soviet Union is out for global domination- Yugoslavia’s war hero Tito elected president- Britain deals with the last outpost of its fading empire- Russia mourns as Stalin dies

  • A Year To Remember - 1954

    In this episode: - The conflict continues in Indochina between the Communist rebels lead by Ho Chi Minh and the French resistance- A treaty that officially divides the country into North and South Vietnam- Senator Joe McCarthy’s career of purging the country of supposed communists comes to a sord...

  • A Year To Remember - 1955

    In this episode: - The emergence of a rival to NATO- The signing of the Warsaw Pact- Nationalist South African party continues to put legal bite behind its policy of apartheid- Colonial unrest in Cyprus and Algeria- Further clashes between Egyptian and Israeli forces in Gaza- Sir Alexander Flemin...

  • A Year To Remember - 1956

    In this episode: - The invasion of Hungary by Soviet forces- Khrushchev denounces Stalin- President Eisenhower on holiday in Georgia- George Orwell's “1984” film premiere- Liberace’s tour of Britain- Britain wins Monte Carlo rally

  • A Year To Remember - 1957

    In this episode: - Eden resigns: Harold Macmillan becomes the leader of the Tory Party and the Government- New styles in furniture- Egypt digs up their own history- The technological frontier and "Space Race"- Russians launch their first successful Sputnik satellite- The Monaco Grand Prix

  • A Year To Remember - 1958

    In this episode: - The first world exhibition since 1939 opens in Brussels- UN: Eisenhower outlines peace plan- Rome hails new pope- Manchester United tragedy- The Queen opens Gatwick Airport- The age of the teenager- The world's first gas turbine car

  • A Year To Remember - 1959

    In this episode: - Paris: De Gaulle moves in- Hong Kong: Refugee problem nears crisis- USA: Biggest carrier goes to sea- “Titan” rocket is fired- London: Stars fight cinema tax- Buckingham Palace: Guards retreat

  • A Year To Remember - 1960

    In this episode: - Agadir: A city dies- Eisenhower visits South America- India welcomes Nasser- The Royal Wedding- Florida: Submarine Polaris fired- The Moscow Powers Trial