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This Month In... 1928

Anniversaries that have made history

FLEMING FINDS THE FIRST ANTIBIOTIC

Sometimes, the most amazing advances are made by accident. That’s exactly what happened to scientist Alexander Fleming

Until the mid-20th century, certaindiseases – ones that today can be treated with a short course of antibiotics – were often a death sentence. Doctor Alexander Fleming had seen that first hand: as a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War I, he had watched on, helpless, as countless men succumbed to infected wounds and sepsis.

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At the dawn of the second century BC, two titans of the ancient world went to war: Macedon, the pre-eminent power of Ancient Greece, and Rome, then still an upstart republic. This is the complete story of a war that defined antiquity, where phalanx clashed with legion. Plus: Protest and turmoil ripples around the world in 1968; the split loyalties of Thomas More, the accident that made Frida Kahlo an artist, a glimpse inside the Titanic & more.