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Witness History
Witness History
BBC World Service

History as told by the people who were there.

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Episodes

Crimea's Soviet holiday camp

Artek, on the shores of the Black Sea in Crimea, was a hugely popular Soviet holiday camp.Maria Kim Espeland was... more

27 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Russia annexes Crimea

In 2014, Russia annexed the strategic Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, a move seen by Kyiv and many other countries as... more

26 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Whistler: Creating one of the world’s biggest ski resorts

In 2003, Whistler Blackcomb won its bid to host the Winter Olympic Games for the first time. It was sixth... more

23 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Columbus Lighthouse

In 1992, Columbus Lighthouse opened in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. It was designed to house the... more

22 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
Trans murder in Honduras

In June 2009, transgender sex worker and activist Vicky Hernandez was murdered in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.The... more

21 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Icelandic women's strike

In October 1975, 90% of women in Iceland took part in a nationwide protest over inequality.Factories and banks were forced... more

20 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
The Soviet scientist who made two-headed dogs

In the 1950s, Soviet scientist Dr Vladimir Demikhov shocks the world with his two-headed dog experiments.He grafts the head and... more

19 Feb 2024 · 8 minutes
Supermalt: The malt drink created after the Nigerian civil war

In 1972, a food supplement used by soldiers during the Nigerian civil war was turned into a popular malt drink... more

16 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
The small Irish town known as ‘Little Brazil’

Gort in the west of Ireland is known by the nickname ‘Little Brazil’ because it’s home to so many Brazilians.They... more

15 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
The Juliet letters

The Juliet Club is in Verona, Italy, a place known throughout the world as being the city of love. The... more

14 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Witness History
Crimea's Soviet holiday camp
Witness History