Social history

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    Video caption: How an anonymous group of female artists challenged the status quo in New York's art world

    A group of anonymous female artists in New York began putting up fly-posters around the city's museums and galleries. It was part of a campaign to demand a change in the art world.

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    Video caption: How Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka was elected the world's first female prime minster

    Sirimavo Bandaranaike was elected the modern world's first female head of government in 1960 when she became prime minister of Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was known then.

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    Video caption: How Portugal became the first country to decriminalise all drugs for personal use

    In the 90s, Portugal was in the grip of a drugs crisis. In response, a new drugs policy was adopted including the decriminalisation of all drugs for personal use.

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    Video caption: How the Kerner Commission blamed white racism for the riots of 1967

    In 1967 more than 100 cities in America were caught up in riots. The Kerner Commission was set up to investigate the causes. The report shocked America.

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    Video caption: How a group of Jewish feminists demanded the same prayer rights as Jewish men.

    In 1988, a group of Jewish feminists demanded the right to pray as freely as Jewish men at one of Judaism’s holiest sites. They called themselves the ‘Women of the Wall’.

  6. The 19th century letter which inspired a Black Lives Matter protest

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    Video caption: In 1846 the town of Bridgwater in the UK wrote to Bridgewater in the US deploring slavery

    How a letter from the past inspired two towns, thousands of kilometres apart, to hold joint Black Lives Matter protests

  7. 'This is our village'

    Great Houghton from the air

    A creative family has produced a touching video vignette of lockdown life in a Northamptonshire village.

    Frankie and Rich Baldwins, who live in Great Houghton near Northampton, run a media production business and shot footage of their neighbours during their daily walk.

    Their six-year-old daughter, Amelie, provided the voiceover.

    On Facebook, the family said they hope it will become a "wonderful memory of strange times."

  8. University appeals for help in 'collecting COVID-19 history'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    The Cambridge University Library is asking people to help capture how the public is responding to the coronavirus pandemic as it builds a history of the outbreak

    Historians want to ensure records about the outbreak are captured for future generations of researchers.

    It says it is looking for records of all kinds and particularly wants to reflect the response of its community of staff and students to the present situation, as people adjust to new patterns of work and socialising.

    Caylin Smith, digital preservation manager, said: "We’re looking to collect all kinds of digital and physical materials relating to the pandemic

    "These include, but are not limited to, videos, photographs and images (including posters and leaflets), audio recordings, creative projects, as well as journals and diaries."

    View more on twitter
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    Video caption: How a group of US scientists led by Dr Jonas Salk discovered the first polio vaccine

    In 1955, a group of US scientists led by Dr Jonas Salk announced the discovery of the first polio vaccine. It would go on to save millions from death and disability.

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    Video caption: How Børge Ousland became the first person to cross Antarctica solo

    In 1996, Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland became the first person to cross Antarctica alone.

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    Video caption: How the energy drink became a million dollar idea

    The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the energy drink became a million dollar idea.

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    Video caption: How a conservationist tried to protect Congo's rainforest during the country's civil war

    In 1996 the Democratic Republic of Congo, then Zaire, was in the grip of civil war. Conservationist Corneille Ewango hid in the forest from armed groups to try and protect it.