The beating of Rodney King
On 2nd March 1991, following a high-speed car chase across Los Angeles, Rodney King was beaten and then arrested, the beating filmed by a bystander. Some 13 months later, the acquittal of the police officers of assault charges led to a wave of civil unrest sweeping through the city.
Michael Jackson thrills the world
1983 was a huge year for Michael Jackson, as sales of the album “Thriller” pushed him into the record books . On 25th March he performed “Billie Jean” on a Motown TV special and unveiled his signature dance move, the moonwalk, to gasps of astonishment and delight from the crowd.
Tsunami hits Japan
The earthquake and tsunami that hit north-eastern Japan on 11th March 2011 gave us some of the most shocking images of natural disaster since the Indonesian tsunami of 2004. It seems such a long time ago, but it’s still very real for the hundreds of thousands of people who may never be able to return to their homes.
Forces invade Iraq
Forces from the USA, the UK, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq in 2003 with the aim of disarming the country of its weapons of mass destruction. The 21-day war ended with the toppling of Saddam Hussein from power – but the war was hugely controversial, and its repercussions are still being felt across the region.