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Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London's Queen Mary College, before working for The Scotsman in Edinburgh, where he became deputy editor of the paper's website, scotsman.com. Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, and writes on alternative finance and fintech.

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The charts that matter: rising bond yields send markets into a tizz
Global Economy

The charts that matter: rising bond yields send markets into a tizz

Markets suffered a chaotic week as bond yields continued to climb. We look at how the week’s events have affected the charts that matter most to the g…
27 Feb 2021
24 February 1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announce their engagement
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24 February 1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announce their engagement

On this day in 1981, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer made their engagement official in front of the world's press at Buckingham Palace.
24 Feb 2021
22 February 1974: riots break out at the “Patty Hearst ransom” food handouts
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22 February 1974: riots break out at the “Patty Hearst ransom” food handouts

On this day in 1974, people rioted at food distribution centres in San Francisco, set up as part of a ransom payment for kidnapped heiress Patty Hears…
22 Feb 2021
The charts that matter: bond investors feel the pain
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bond investors feel the pain

In a week when Germany had to start paying to borrow money again, we take a look at how the charts that matter most to the global economy have fared.
20 Feb 2021
17 February 1958: CND – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – is launched
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17 February 1958: CND – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – is launched

On this day in 1958, as the nuclear arms race hotted up, 5,000 people crammed in to Westminster’s Central Hall to witness the launch of CND, the Campa…
17 Feb 2021
11 February 1990: Nelson Mandela is released from prison
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11 February 1990: Nelson Mandela is released from prison

On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 26 years, as South Africa began the process of dismantling apartheid.
11 Feb 2021
11 February 1826: England gets its third university
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11 February 1826: England gets its third university

London University – later University College, London – was founded on this day in 1826, becoming in the process England's third university.
11 Feb 2021
8 February 1971: Nasdaq begins trading
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8 February 1971: Nasdaq begins trading

On this day in 1971, America’s “National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations” – or Nasdaq exchange – began trading.
8 Feb 2021
Oil had a terrible 2020. This year will be better
Oil

Oil had a terrible 2020. This year will be better

Oil companies are struggling – both BP and Exxon have reported losses after a year in which the oil price briefly went negative. But hang on to your e…
3 Feb 2021
3 February 1690: America’s first paper money is issued
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3 February 1690: America’s first paper money is issued

On this day in 1690, the Massachusetts colony began circulating the first paper money on North America, printed to finance England’s war against Franc…
3 Feb 2021
3 February 1960: Macmillan’s “wind of change” speech
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3 February 1960: Macmillan’s “wind of change” speech

Harold Macmillan gave his famous “wind of change” speech on his visit to Africa on this day in 1960, marking a change in Britain's colonial policy.
3 Feb 2021
1 February 1884: the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary is published
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1 February 1884: the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary is published

On this day in 1884, after five years of hard slog, the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. It contained all the words from A…
1 Feb 2021
28 January 1896: The world’s first speeding ticket is issued
Economy

28 January 1896: The world’s first speeding ticket is issued

On this day in 1896, motorist Walter Arnold was caught tearing through Paddock Wood in Kent at a hair-raising 8mph, and so became the first driver in …
28 Jan 2021
27 January 1606: the trial of Guy Fawkes begins
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27 January 1606: the trial of Guy Fawkes begins

On this day in 1606, the trial of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators began, accused of high treason by trying to blow up the king and parliament.
27 Jan 2021
25 January 1947: the world’s first video game is patented
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25 January 1947: the world’s first video game is patented

On this day in 1947, Thomas T Goldsmith and Estle Ray Mann submitted a patent application for their “Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device” – the world's …
25 Jan 2021
21 January 1976: Concorde’s first commercial flight
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21 January 1976: Concorde’s first commercial flight

Almost seven years after its maiden flight, and at a total cost of £1.3bn, Concorde finally entered commercial service on this day in 1976.
21 Jan 2021
19 January 1986: the world’s first PC virus infection
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19 January 1986: the world’s first PC virus infection

On this day in 1986, the first IBM personal computer was infected with the “Brain” virus, spread on floppy disks.
19 Jan 2021
15 January 1892: the rules of basketball are published
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15 January 1892: the rules of basketball are published

Canadian PE instructor Dr James Naismith, working at a YMCA training school, published the 13 rules of basketball on this day in 1892.
15 Jan 2021
14 January 2005: Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon, Titan
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14 January 2005: Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon, Titan

On this day in 2005, the ESA’s Huygens probe landed on the frozen surface of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.
14 Jan 2021
13 January 1942: Henry Ford patents his plastic car
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13 January 1942: Henry Ford patents his plastic car

On this day in 1948, Henry Ford was granted a patent for his method of making cars with plastic bodywork.
13 Jan 2021
12 January 1895: the National Trust is founded
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12 January 1895: the National Trust is founded

On this day in 1895, the National Trust was founded to “set aside the best and most beautiful parts of Britain for the public and posterity”.
12 Jan 2021
8 January 1835: US national debt hits $0
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8 January 1835: US national debt hits $0

By selling land, collecting taxes and cutting public spending, the US national debt was brought down to $0 for the first and only time in the country’…
8 Jan 2021
8 January 1940: food rationing is introduced in Britain
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8 January 1940: food rationing is introduced in Britain

On this day in 1940, the Ministry of Food introduced rationing in the UK to ensure there was enough food to go round during the war.
8 Jan 2021
7 January 1785: First crossing of the English Channel by air
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7 January 1785: First crossing of the English Channel by air

On this day in 1785, French balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American doctor John Jeffries became the first people to cross the English Channel by…
7 Jan 2021
7 January 1782: America’s first central bank opens for business
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7 January 1782: America’s first central bank opens for business

On this day in 1782, the Bank of North America, created to help pay for the American war of independence, opened for business.
7 Jan 2021
5 January 1971: The first one-day international cricket match
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5 January 1971: The first one-day international cricket match

On this day in 1971, Australia beat England by five wickets in the first ever one-day international cricket match.
5 Jan 2021
2 January 1980: National steelworkers' strike
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2 January 1980: National steelworkers' strike

For the first time in over 50 years, Britain’s steelmaking industry saw the start of a national strike on this day in 1980, as unions demanded a 20% p…
2 Jan 2021
24 December 1955: Norad begins tracking Santa
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24 December 1955: Norad begins tracking Santa

On this day in 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command began tracking Santa Claus as he sped around the world delivering presents.
24 Dec 2020
22 December 1965: 70mph speed limit introduced
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22 December 1965: 70mph speed limit introduced

On this day in 1965, a “temporary” 70mph speed limit was introduced on all unregulated roads in Britain by the Minister of Transport. The limit was so…
22 Dec 2020
Wine of the week: a simply sublime nebbiolo
Wine

Wine of the week: a simply sublime nebbiolo

With one of the most regal and plush palates imaginable, this is a vinous work of art.
18 Dec 2020
9 December 1979: smallpox virus eradicated
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9 December 1979: smallpox virus eradicated

On this day in 1969, the Global Commission for Certification of Smallpox Eradication reported that the deadly disease had finally been wiped from the …
9 Dec 2020
7 December 1732: First Covent Garden Theatre opens
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7 December 1732: First Covent Garden Theatre opens

On this day in 1732, after a successful fundraising drive, the first theatre opened on the site of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
7 Dec 2020
3 December 1992: the world’s first text message is sent
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3 December 1992: the world’s first text message is sent

Twenty two years ago, a developer working in Newbury, Berkshire, sent a two-word text message, marking the start of a whole new way of communicating.
3 Dec 2020
2 December 1943: ‘Bevin Boys’ conscripted into the mines
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2 December 1943: ‘Bevin Boys’ conscripted into the mines

With the coal industry desperately short of men, the Minster of Labour, Ernest Bevin, announced today in 1943 that thousands of conscripts would be se…
2 Dec 2020
1 December 1990: breakthrough in the Channel tunnel
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1 December 1990: breakthrough in the Channel tunnel

On this day in 1990, Graham Fagg and Philippe Cozette shook hands 40m below the sea bed, 14 miles from the English coast and ten from the French.
1 Dec 2020
30 November 1999: BAE Systems formed in £7.7bn merger
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30 November 1999: BAE Systems formed in £7.7bn merger

On this day in 1999 British Aerospace merged with Marconi Electronic Systems to form BAE Systems, one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world.
30 Nov 2020