A Year to Remember – 1940

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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

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The classic series that recalls the definitive events of the 20th century, year by year, as they were reported at the time.

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A Year to Remember – 1930

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In this episode: Stock market crash – Britain’s second Labour government – Gandhi becomes national figure
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A Year to Remember – 1931

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In this episode: Charlie Chaplin becomes a celebrity – America’s Great Depression – World speed
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A Year to Remember – 1932

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In this episode: FDR’s New Deal – Amelia Earhart hailed as world’s foremost aviator – Hindenbu
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A Year to Remember – 1933

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In this episode: The Reichstag burns – Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor – Benito Mussolini tightens his iron gr
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A Year to Remember – 1934

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In this episode: The consolidation of the fascist heart of Europe – Hitler takes the title of Fuhrer –
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A Year to Remember – 1935

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In this episode: Mussolini puts his imperial ambitions into practice – USA: Depression effects are still fel
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A Year to Remember – 1936

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In this episode: Spain: Civil war breaks out – Germany: Hitler hosts the Olympic games – Politically,
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A Year to Remember – 1937

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In this episode: The tragedy of the Spanish Civil War intensifies – The year of Guernica – Japan and C
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A Year to Remember – 1938

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In this episode: The threat of war – Spain: A bloody civil war rages between a left wing republican governme
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A Year to Remember – 1939

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In this episode: WW2 seems inevitable and yet unreal – Spain: The civil war ends – Hitler parades in P
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A Year to Remember – 1940

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In this episode: Finland: Stalin’s Red Army has been fighting a dogged opposition – The progress of the Ge
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A Year to Remember – 1941

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In this episode: The Germans widen their operations – Hitler orders the bombing of Dublin and other Irish to
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A Year to Remember – 1942

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In this episode: USA joining the Allied forces marks a turning point in the war – A significant victory prom
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A Year to Remember – 1943

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In this episode: The year in which the Allies made steady progress against the Nazis – In Russia, the bloody
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A Year to Remember – 1944

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In this episode: The Normandy landings, the world’s biggest combined land, sea and air operation – The All
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A Year to Remember – 1945

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In this episode: Hitler shoots himself at news of the Russian advance on Berlin – American and Russian troop
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A Year to Remember – 1946

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In this episode: Nations turn their attention to reconstruction and the prospects for the future – Winston C
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A Year to Remember – 1947

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In this episode: Hopes for new improvements in Anglo Russian relations fly high – Truman declares war on Sov
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A Year to Remember – 1948

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In this episode: Jamaicans arrive in Britain – The drama of Palestine – Mahatma Gandhi dies – Ge
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A Year to Remember – 1949

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In this episode: A year in which Europe’s regeneration gathers pace – The creation of the Federal Republic
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A Year to Remember – 1950

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In this episode: In America, anti-communist hysteria gathers pace – Stalin and the new Chinese leader sign a
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A Year to Remember – 1951

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In this episode: The Korean War unfolds against the backdrop of growing nuclear tension – USA test its first
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A Year to Remember – 1952

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In this episode: USA’s first H-bomb test and Britain’s first atom bomb – Korean war continues: f
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A Year to Remember – 1953

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In this episode: Queen Elizabeth’s coronation – Britain’s Le Mans triumph – President Eisenhow
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A Year to Remember – 1954

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In this episode: The conflict continues in Indochina between the Communist rebels lead by Ho Chi Minh and the Fren
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A Year to Remember – 1955

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In this episode: The emergence of a rival to NATO – The signing of the Warsaw Pact – Nationalist South
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A Year to Remember – 1956

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In this episode: The invasion of Hungary by Soviet forces – Khrushchev denounces Stalin – President Ei
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A Year to Remember – 1957

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In this episode: Eden resigns: Harold Macmillan becomes the leader of the Tory Party and the Government – Ne
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A Year to Remember – 1958

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In this episode: The first world exhibition since 1939 opens in Brussels – UN: Eisenhower outlines peace pla
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A Year to Remember – 1959

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In this episode: Paris: De Gaulle moves in – Hong Kong: Refugee problem nears crisis – USA: Biggest ca
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A Year to Remember – 1960

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In this episode: Agadir: A city dies – Eisenhower visits South America – India welcomes Nasser –
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A Year to Remember – 1961

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In this episode: JFK inaugurated as the 35th President of the USA – The grandeur of India – The first
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A Year to Remember – 1962

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In this episode: Haiti voodoo festival – Uganda wins independence – JFK triumphs – Prince Charle
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A Year to Remember – 1963

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In this episode: Alcatraz: Everybody out! – Moscow: The girl from space – Vatican City: Pope Paul is c
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A Year to Remember – 1964

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In this episode: Panama crisis – The Beatles conquer America – Get your spring hat – Royal weddi
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A Year to Remember – 1965

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In this episode: The death of Churchill – Undersea hunt for oil – “My Fair Lady” comes to town 
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A Year to Remember – 1966

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In this episode: India: Gandhi chosen for president – Vietnam War – England wins World Cup – Ron
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A Year to Remember – 1967

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In this episode: The Concorde prototype – The Boston Strangler escapes – Cassius Clay refuses to join
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A Year to Remember – 1968

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In this episode: Roman Polanski marries Sharon Tate – Immigrants protest – The Beatles meditate –
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A Year to Remember – 1969

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In this episode: Man on the moon – Israel attacks Beirut Airport – The world’s first supersonic
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A Year to Remember – 1970

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In this episode: Civil war in Nigeria – London fashions – Growing unrest in Northern Ireland – V
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A Year to Remember – 1971

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In this episode: The Harrier jump jet – Frazier snatches the world heavyweight crown from Cassius Clay ̵
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A Year to Remember – 1972

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In this episode: Britain joins the common market – Bloodshed in Northern Ireland continues – Egyptian
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A Year to Remember – 1973

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In this episode: Pablo Picasso dies at 91 – The world’s largest uncut diamond, the star of Sierra Leon
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A Year to Remember – 1974

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In this episode: John Wayne on a publicity trip to London – Cleaning up the Suez Canal – Violence in N
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A Year to Remember – 1975

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In this episode: Northern Ireland: More than 150 prisoners are released – A belated knighthood for P.G. Wode
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A Year to Remember – 1976

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In this episode: John Currie wins the men’s figure skating gold at the Winter Olympics – The big landowner
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A Year to Remember – 1977

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In this episode: Rolls Royce now produce 50 per cent more cars than five years ago – Holland: South Maluku t
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A Year to Remember – 1978

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In this episode: A mass exodus of tourists in Rhodesia – Super tanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two in heavy sea
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A Year to Remember – 1979

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In this episode: The Shah of Iran is driven into exile – The end of 30 years of hostility between Egypt and
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A Year to Remember – 1980

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In this episode: The Soviet Union consolidates its invasion of Afghanistan – India: Indira Gandhi wins the e
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A Year to Remember – 1981

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In this episode: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer engaged – The Yorkshire Ripper – Frank Sinatra
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A Year to Remember – 1982

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In this episode: Argentine troops invade the Falkland Islands – John Paul II becomes the first pope to visit
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A Year to Remember – 1983

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In this episode: Thousands of migrant workers pour out of Nigeria – The Queen makes her first visit to Holly
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A Year to Remember – 1984

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In this episode: Environmental awareness is growing: Acid Rain – Lebanon erupts into civil war – Marga
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A Year to Remember – 1985

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In this episode: Bob Geldof visits Ethiopia – Gibraltar joins the rest of Europe – One more death in t
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A Year to Remember – 1986

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In this episode: The Channel Tunnel – Dictator Marcos toppled after ruling the Philippines for 20 years R
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A Year to Remember – 1987

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In this episode: The kidnapping in Beirut of Terry Waite – Barbados: Mick Jagger’s friend, Jerry Hall,
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A Year to Remember – 1988

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In this episode: Australia’s 200th anniversary of the arrival of the country’s first settlers –
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A Year to Remember – 1989

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In this episode: George Bush becomes president – Japan: Emperor Hirohito, the world’s longest-serving
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A Year to Remember – 1990

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In this episode: The Soviet Union really begins to fall apart – Rebel cricket tour – Iraq invades Kuwait – T
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A Year to Remember – 1991

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In this episode: India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassinated – Boris Yeltsin is the new face o
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A Year to Remember – 1992

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In this episode: Slovenia and Croatia are formally recognised as independent states – Mike Tyson is beginnin
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A Year to Remember – 1993

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In this episode: Peace talks in the Middle East, South Africa and Northern Ireland – War in Bosnia and Somal
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A Year to Remember – 1994

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In this episode: Royal family under fierce media spotlight – War in Bosnia – The 50th anniversary of t
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A Year to Remember – 1995

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In this episode: Britain’s Hugh Grant gets caught with his trousers down – Jonathan Edwards triple jumps t
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