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24 November 1972: the mysterious “DB Cooper” hijacking
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24 November 1972: the mysterious “DB Cooper” hijacking

Today in 1972, a man calling himself Dan Cooper parachuted from a hijacked Northwest Airlines Boeing 727 with $200,000 in cash. He has never been foun…
24 Nov 2020
19 November 1994: The first National Lottery draw
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19 November 1994: The first National Lottery draw

Twenty years ago today, 22 million people watched in hopeful anticipation as the National Lottery made its first draw.
19 Nov 2020
18 November 2002: UN weapons inspectors arrive in Iraq
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18 November 2002: UN weapons inspectors arrive in Iraq

On this day in 2002, UN weapons inspectors arrived in in Baghdad in a bid to discover the truth about Iraq’s WMD programme.
18 Nov 2020
17 November 1869: Opening of the Suez Canal
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17 November 1869: Opening of the Suez Canal

On this day in 1869, the Suez Canal, designed by Frenchman Ferdinand de Lessops, opened for business, connecting Europe to Asia through Africa.
17 Nov 2020
16 November 1904: John Ambrose Fleming patents the oscillation valve
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16 November 1904: John Ambrose Fleming patents the oscillation valve

On this day in 1914, John Ambrose Fleming patented his oscillation valve – a component which formed the basis of the electronics industry for half a c…
16 Nov 2020
12 November 1859: Jules Leotard's flying trapeze
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12 November 1859: Jules Leotard's flying trapeze

On this day in 1859, Jules Leotard performed the world’s first ever flying trapeze act, wowing audiences in the Cirque Napoleon in Paris.
12 Nov 2020
11 November 1887: work begins on the Manchester Ship Canal
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11 November 1887: work begins on the Manchester Ship Canal

On this day in 1887, work began on digging the 36-mile-long Manchester Ship Canal, which would enable the city’s exporters to bypass the expensive por…
11 Nov 2020
10 November 1908: First Gideon Bibles placed in hotel rooms
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10 November 1908: First Gideon Bibles placed in hotel rooms

On this day in 1908, the Gideons placed their first 25 Bibles in the rooms of the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana.
10 Nov 2020
9 November 1989: the fall of the Berlin Wall
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9 November 1989: the fall of the Berlin Wall

On this day in 1989, thousands of East German citizens flooded over the border between East and West as the Berlin Wall fell.
9 Nov 2020
5 November 1688: Dutch army deposes England's king in the 'Glorious Revolution'
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5 November 1688: Dutch army deposes England's king in the 'Glorious Revolution'

On this day in 1688, William of Orange landed in Devon with a Dutch army to kick off the Glorious Revolution and depose King James II.
5 Nov 2020
4 November 1839: the Newport Rising leaves 22 dead
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4 November 1839: the Newport Rising leaves 22 dead

On this day in 1839, 22 Chartists were killed in the Newport Rising as they stormed the town’s Westgate Hotel to free their comrades who had been impr…
4 Nov 2020
4 November 1922: Discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb
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4 November 1922: Discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb

On this day in 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter discovered a set of stone steps that led to the tomb of Tutankhamun.
4 Nov 2020
2 November 1960: Lady Chatterley’s Lover deemed not obscene
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2 November 1960: Lady Chatterley’s Lover deemed not obscene

A jury of nine men and three women returned a unanimous verdict of “not guilty” in the Lady Chatterley's Lover obscenity trial on this day in 1960.
2 Nov 2020
29 October 1986: The M25 motorway is opened
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29 October 1986: The M25 motorway is opened

On this day in 1986, London’s orbital motorway was officially opened. It took 11 years to build, and cost £7.5m a mile.
29 Oct 2020
28 October 1971: Britain’s only independent satellite launch
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28 October 1971: Britain’s only independent satellite launch

This day in 1971 saw the launch of Britain’s only independently launched satellite, when the Black Arrow rocket deployed the ‘Prospero’ satellite in o…
28 Oct 2020
27 October 1986: the City's Big Bang
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27 October 1986: the City's Big Bang

The deregulation of 1986 – dubbed the ‘Big Bang’ – brought the City into the modern age and helped it become the financial powerhouse it is today.
27 Oct 2020
26 October 1863: the Football Association is founded
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26 October 1863: the Football Association is founded

On this day in 1863, 12 London football clubs got together at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London to form the Football Association to govern the increasi…
26 Oct 2020
22 October 1962: Start of the Cuban missile crisis
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22 October 1962: Start of the Cuban missile crisis

On this day in 1962, the Kennedy administration issued its famous ultimatum – either the USSR removes its nuclear weapons from Cuba, or else.
22 Oct 2020
21 October 1805: the Battle of Trafalgar
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21 October 1805: the Battle of Trafalgar

On this day in 1805, Britain’s mastery of the seas was assured after the Royal Navy crushed Napoleon’s fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.
21 Oct 2020
20 October 1935: Mao’s Long March ends
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20 October 1935: Mao’s Long March ends

Almost exactly a year after setting off, Mao Zedong and his army of communists arrived at the foot of the Great Wall of China on this day in 1935.
20 Oct 2020
19 October 1960: US begins its trade embargo on Cuba
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19 October 1960: US begins its trade embargo on Cuba

In retaliation for Cuba seizing American property, President Eisenhower banned exports to the island on this day in 1960.
19 Oct 2020
15 October 1987: the ‘Great Storm’ hits southern England
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15 October 1987: the ‘Great Storm’ hits southern England

On this day in 1987, winds of up to 115mph ravaged southern England, as the worst storm for nearly 300 years hit, causing devastation.
15 Oct 2020
14 October 1878: the first football match played under floodlights
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14 October 1878: the first football match played under floodlights

The world's first football match under floodlights took place on this day in 1878 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, as the “Blues” played the “Reds” in an…
14 Oct 2020
13 October 1884: Greenwich adopted as the prime meridian
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13 October 1884: Greenwich adopted as the prime meridian

On this day in 1884, Greenwich was chosen as the prime meridian of longitude, settling the matter of time once and for all.
13 Oct 2020
12 October 1948: the first Morris Minor is produced
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12 October 1948: the first Morris Minor is produced

The first of 1.3 million Morris Minors, Britain’s cheap post-war runabout, rolled off the production lines on this day in 1948.
12 Oct 2020
Share tips of the week
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Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK's financial pages.
9 Oct 2020
8 October 1965: The Post Office Tower opens
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8 October 1965: The Post Office Tower opens

By far the tallest building in London at the time, the Post Office Tower was officially opened by Harold Wilson on this day in 1965.
8 Oct 2020
7 October 1920: Oxford University allows women to graduate
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7 October 1920: Oxford University allows women to graduate

On this day in 1920, the University of Oxford allowed women studying there to receive full degrees.
7 Oct 2020
6 October 1927: Premiere of The Jazz Singer
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6 October 1927: Premiere of The Jazz Singer

On this day in 1927, cinema-goers descended on the premiere of The Jazz Singer to see “the world's greatest entertainer” Al Jolson in one of the first…
6 Oct 2020
5 October 1936: the Jarrow Crusade sets off for London
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5 October 1936: the Jarrow Crusade sets off for London

On this day in 1936, 200 men set off on the Jarrow Crusade to march the 300 miles from County Durham to London to demand the government take action on…
5 Oct 2020
1 October 1908: the first Model T Ford is built
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1 October 1908: the first Model T Ford is built

On this day in October 1908, Henry Ford’s “car for the great multitude” – the Model T – was unveiled to the public. Over the next 19 years, 15 million…
1 Oct 2020
30 September 1965: Thunderbirds Are Go!
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30 September 1965: Thunderbirds Are Go!

On this day in 1965, International Rescue launched its first operation, as the classic Thunderbirds TV show aired for the first time.
30 Sep 2020
29 September 1829: London’s bobbies pound the beat for the first time
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29 September 1829: London’s bobbies pound the beat for the first time

On this day in 1829, the first of London's 'Peelers' hit the streets as the Metropolitan Police Force began its patrols.
29 Sep 2020
28 September 1894: Marks & Spencer opens its first 'Penny Bazaar'
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28 September 1894: Marks & Spencer opens its first 'Penny Bazaar'

On this day in 1894, Michael Marks and Tom Spencer opened their first ‘Penny Bazaar’ market stall in Leeds.
28 Sep 2020
24 September 1979: Compuserve launches MicroNET
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24 September 1979: Compuserve launches MicroNET

One of the first steps to the internet we know and love was taken today on this day in 1979, when Compuserve launched its MicroNET service.
24 Sep 2020
23 September 1641: the Merchant Royal sinks with 1.5 million ounces of gold
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23 September 1641: the Merchant Royal sinks with 1.5 million ounces of gold

On this day in 1641, the Merchant Royal became the most valuable shipwreck in history when it sank off Cornwall with over £20bn-worth of gold.
23 Sep 2020