Barbie turns 56 today. Over 800 million dolls have been sold since she was unveiled at the American Toy Fair in 1959.
Articles written by Michael Samueli
On this day in 1797 the Bank of England printed the first pound note in order to help pay for war with France.
Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield came up with a novel solution to the problem of melting chocolate 119 years ago – the Tootsie Roll.
On this day. in 1851 gold prospector Edward Hargraves discovered a grain of gold in New South Wales, and sparked Australia’s first gold rush.
On this day in 1869, the world’s biggest gold nugget – the 71kg ‘Welcome Stranger’ – was unearthed in Australia by two Cornish tin hunters.
On this day in 1886 Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen, with a new and revolutionary power source – the internal combustion engine.
On this day in 1808, the New South Wales Corps led by Major George Johnson carried out the only forceful takeover of power in Australian history.
On this day in 1982 the personal computer was awarded the famous ‘Man of the Year’ by Time magazine.
On this day in 1973 Opec, the oil price cartel, more than doubled the price of oil from $5.12 a barrel to $11.65.
The tumbling price of oil has continued to drag the FTSE lower, while investors look east towards Japan’s money-printing programme.