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1985 The Live Aid Concert

1985 : The Live Aid Concert was a series of rock concerts held to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia around the world in cites including London, Philadelphia, Sydney and Moscow. The concerts attracted close to 200,000 people and using satellite link-ups and television broadcasts around the world attracted an estimated 1.5 viewers in 100 countries watching the concerts performed live. The Concerts were organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and raised over $250 million. Below are just some of the artists who provided their time and performances for free and this concert showed like nothing before or after what can be achieved when ego's and a desire to give something back by some of the most popular figures in entertainment put their efforts in.

Adam Ant, Ashford & Simpson, B. B. King, Billy Ocean, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Bob Geldof, Boomtown Rats, Brian May, Bryan Adams, Bryan Ferry, Cher, Cliff Richard, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, David Bowie, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Freddie Mercury, Griff Rhys Jones, Hall & Oates, Joan Baez, Judas Priest, Keith Richards, Kenny Loggins, Kiki Dee, Kool & the Gang, Led Zeppelin, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Mel Smith, Men at Work, Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Nik Kershaw, Pat Boone, Patti LaBelle, Paul McCartney, Paul Young, Phil Collins London and Philadelphia Plant Page and Jones Power Station, Queen, REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Roger Daltrey, Ron Wood, Run-DMC, Sade, Santana, Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet, Status Quo, Sting, Style Council, The Beach Boys, The Cars, The Four Tops, The Pretenders, The Who, Thompson Twins, Tina Turner, Tom Petty, U2, Ultravox, Wham

1922 S.A. Rail Strike

1922 : President Harding announced that Federal Troops may be used to enforce the presidents proclamation that interference with the United States Mail Service by the rail strike will not be tolerated.

1936 U.S.A. Heatwave

1936 : The Midwestern region of the United States experienced a record shattering heat wave, destroying millions of dollars in crops and causing more than 1,000 heat-related deaths.

1943 Russia World War II Tank Battle

1943 : The biggest tank battle in history The Battle of Kursk, involving 6,000 tanks, two million men, and 5,000 aircraft, ends the German offensive of Russia.

1951 U.S.A. Flooding

1951 : Major flooding in Kansas which was caused by rivers in Kansas overflowing causing the greatest destruction from flooding in the Midwestern United States 1/2 million people were left homeless and 24 people died in the disaster.

Childrens Toys From The 1950's

Childrens toys offered a much wider range following the boom in babies born, but toys were very much gender designed with dolls, prams, dressmaking for girls toys and Cowboys and indians, cars and construction sets for boys.

Part of our Collection of Toys from The 1950's

Kids Toy Examples From The 1950s

1955 England Ruth Ellis Hanged

1955 : Ruth Ellis the last woman in England to be executed is hung at Holloway Prison, thousands mass outside protesting the death penalty.

1960 U.S.A. Senator John F. Kennedy

1960 : Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts is nominated for the presidency by the Democratic Party Convention, defeating Senator Lyndon B. Johnson.

1970 U.S.A. Black Panther Party

1970 : FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover named the Black Panther party the most dangerous terrorist group in existence today.

1977 U.S.A. Blackout Hits New York

1977 : A lightening strike strikes a substation on the Hudson River, tripping two circuit breakers in Westchester County, then a second lightning strike caused the loss of two 345,000 volt transmission lines causing a 25 hrs blackout of the New York City area. In some areas of New York Looting and vandalism were widespread with the hardest hit Crown Heights. Subway services, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports are closed and the city struggles for the next 24 hours.

1978 U.S.A. Lee Iacocca

1978 : Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. after falling out with the chairman of Ford, Henry Ford II. Following the ending of his career at Ford Lee Iacocca takes over as Chrysler's Chairman where he restructured the company.

1998 U.S.A. GM Recall

1998 : GM motors is forced to recall 800,000 cars, vans and trucks due to malfunctioning airbags.

1998 Russia IMF $22bn Loan

1998 : As Russia continues it's economic problems the International Monetary Fund's has agreed to give Russia a $22bn loan to help stabilize it's economy. The IMF when providing loans always place conditions with any loan and the proposed loan to Russia is no different. The conditions include: Russia is to stop issuing short-term government bonds, Tough new tax reforms and collection, Strict controls on public spending, The Duma Russia's Parliament is due to vote later this week to approve the reform package which will ease market pressure to devalue the Rouble.

2000 Fiji Hostages Released By Rebels

2000 : Rebels led by leader George Speight have released 18 hostages including the former Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry after eight weeks from parliament. Within hours, Ratu Josefa Iloilo was appointed president of Fiji.

2001 Internet Code Red Virus

2001 : The code red (WORM) virus is first seen on the Internet. The worm is designed to attack web sites running on Microsoft's IIS web server. The virus is thought to have affected over 250,000 web sites between 13th July and July 20th before a patch provided by Microsoft fixed the vulnerability and became well known for displaying the words "Hacked By Chinese!" on sites it had taken control of (hence the name).

2006 U.S.A. New HIV Breakthrough Approved

2006 : The Food and Drug Administration in the United States licensed the drug Atripla on this day. This treatment for HIV combined three common drugs used to treat the virus and was meant to be a once-a-day treatment. The development of this combined medication made it easier for patients to upkeep their treatment on a regular basis.

2006 Lebanon Israeli Bombing

2006 : Hezbollah fire dozens of rockets into Israel causing Israel to impose a naval blockade on Lebanon and blasted the Beirut airport and army air bases.

2007 U.S.A. David Beckham

2007 : David Beckham, former British soccer captain, and his wife Victoria, former pop star from "The Spice Girls" arrived in the United States on this day. Beckham joined the American soccer team the Los Angeles Galaxy with hopes that his star power would revitalize the sport in the United States. Find Out More About More History and Origins of Association Football including origins, growth, and the modern game.

2008 Afghanistan Terrorist Atacks

2008 : On this day, twenty-one people were killed after a suicide bombing in the province of Uruzgan in Afghanistan. Of the twenty-one who were killed seventeen were civilians.

2009 Afghanistan Terrorist Atacks

2009 : Twenty-nine Indian police were killed after an ambush took place in Rajnandgaon in the state of Chhattisgarh. They were ambushed by Maoist rebels after trying to respond to a smaller attack on two officers. Over a period of twenty years, the conflict between the government and Maoist rebels had killed over 6,000 people in India.

2012 First Cargo Ship from Miami to Cuba After 50 Years

2012 : A cargo ship carrying humanitarian aid supplies like food and medicine has traveled from Miami to Havana, Cuba for the first time in fifty years. Other similar services have operated out of different ports but only recently had the International Port Corporation obtained the special permit required to transport these services from Miami to Cuba due to the trade embargo that was placed on the country in 1962

2013 Canada Glee Star Monteith Dies

2013 : Corey Monteith, one of the stars of the musical television show Glee, was found dead at the age of thirty-one in a hotel in Vancouver, Canada. Monteith had died of a drug and alcohol overdose after spending time in rehab to address his addiction issues.

1950's Fashion

With the economic boom in the Fifties, glamour become fashionable once again and A-line and pencil skirts were very popular form-fitting fashions. Dresses in the decade would often feature stylish ruffles or lace accents and were usually knee-length or tea-length. Going into the late fifties and 1960s mini-dresses and maxi-length skirt outfits entered the scene. The mid-50's trends in women's fashion changed again. Round-neck styles on sleeveless shirts or long sleeve shirts were popular, as well as polo-necks. Dolman sleeves dominated fashionable tops in the fifties and sixties, The examples below are from Our new updated Fifties Fashion Section, with examples of Ladies, Mens and Children's Fashion Clothes and Accessory examples including dresses, hats, shoes and much more take a little time to browse through them

Ladies Dresses From The 1950's

Examples of Ladies Dresses From The 1950's

Born This Day In History 13th July

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Patrick Stewart

Born: July 13th, 1940, Mirfield, England

Known For : Patrick left school early and started work for a regional newspaper. He had to quit this position after being criticized for spending too much time at the theater (in which he had participated from his early teens). He went to Bristol's Old Vic Theatre School. He was taken in to the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 until 1985. He went to Hollywood in 1987 and landed the role of Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He acted in the series for nine years and has since returned to theater (although he has also taken parts in three Star Trek motion pictures).


1950s Music

A new generation of pop stars including Elvis Presley were created whose main target audience was teenagers.

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Fifties Music

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