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Economy

9 March 1959: Barbie is unveiled to the American public

Barbie turns 56 today. Over 800 million dolls have been sold since she was unveiled at the American Toy Fair in 1959.
9 Mar 2015
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Economy

2 March 1797: the Bank of England prints its first pound note

On this day in 1797 the Bank of England printed the first pound note in order to help pay for war with France.
2 Mar 2015
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Economy

How the Tootsie Roll became America's favourite sweet

Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield came up with a novel solution to the problem of melting chocolate 119 years ago – the Tootsie Roll.
23 Feb 2015
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Economy

12 February 1851: the Australian gold rush

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.
12 Feb 2015
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Economy

5 February 1869: World's biggest gold nugget is found

On this day in 1869, the world's biggest gold nugget – the 71kg 'Welcome Stranger' – was unearthed in Australia by two Cornish tin hunters.
5 Feb 2015
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Economy

29 January 1886: Karl Benz patents the motor car

On this day in 1886 Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen, with a new and revolutionary power source – the internal combustion engine.
29 Jan 2015
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Economy

26 January 1808: Australia’s Rum Rebellion

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.
26 Jan 2015
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Economy

26 December 1982: personal computer named 'Man of the Year'

On this day in 1982 the personal computer was awarded the famous ‘Man of the Year’ by Time magazine.
26 Dec 2014
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Economy

22 December 1973: Opec more than doubles the price of oil

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.
22 Dec 2014
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Stockmarkets

FTSE 100 struggles on eurozone, Japan and China worries

The tumbling price of oil has continued to drag the FTSE lower, while investors look east towards Japan's money-printing programme.
16 Dec 2014
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Economy

16 December 1773: The Boston Tea Party protest

On this day in 1773 the 'Sons of Liberty' carried out the Boston Tea Party protest, destroying over 92,000lb of tea, and paving the way for the Americ…
16 Dec 2014
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Economy

15 December 1970: Venera 7 probe lands on Venus

On this day in 1970 the Soviet Union’s Venera 7 spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Venus, and sent a brief signal back to Earth.
15 Dec 2014
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Economy

10 December 1968: the ‘300 million yen robbery’

In Japan's most notorious – and ingenious – robbery, one man outwitted four guards and made off with a car containing ¥300m on this day in 1968.
10 Dec 2014