Click here for the excellent Spin the globe series from Radio 4. Each programme looks at a familiar historical date and finds out what was happening away from the geographical centre that makes them so familiar to us.
It is an attempt to see the globe as an historic whole and so break out of the modular way in which historic dates are traditionally drummed into us. At the same time it tries to connects previously diverse events in cultural, political and economic history all over the globe.
Have a listen and see what you think.