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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
6 January 1639: Virginia orders the destruction of its tobacco crop
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6 January 1639: Virginia orders the destruction of its tobacco crop

Faced with the plunging price of tobacco, the colonists of Virginia directed that half of the crop should be destroyed to avoid an economic catastroph…
6 Jan 2021
6 January 1873: Crédit Mobilier of America scandal investigated
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6 January 1873: Crédit Mobilier of America scandal investigated

On this day in 1873, the US House of Representatives launched an investigation into the scandal surrounding the building of the Union Pacific Railroad…
6 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
5 January 1766: Christie’s first auction
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5 January 1766: Christie’s first auction

Venerable auction house Christie's began business on this day in 1766 selling pillow cases, bed-sheets and second-hand chamber pots.
5 Jan 2021
4 January 1884: Founding of the Fabian Society
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4 January 1884: Founding of the Fabian Society

Rapid economic change in the 19th century didn't benefit everybody. On 4 January 1884, the Fabian Society was established in London to redress the bal…
4 Jan 2021
4 January 1698: the Palace of Whitehall is destroyed by fire
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4 January 1698: the Palace of Whitehall is destroyed by fire

On this day in 1698, a basket of linen caught fire burning to the ground one of Europe's most complex and beautiful royal residences – the Palace of W…
4 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
The faces of 2020
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The faces of 2020

Great leaders thrive in the midst of turmoil and upheaval, as we have seen this year. Four of the great movers and shakers of 2020 stood out for us.
29 Dec 2020
Three women CEOs who prove that diversity is the key to success
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Three women CEOs who prove that diversity is the key to success

Tom Saunders looks at how three very different women – Shahrzad Rafati, Trinny Woodall and Anne Boden –  have grown successful businesses.
28 Dec 2020
How Asia's RCEP deal has brought the return of free trade
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How Asia's RCEP deal has brought the return of free trade

While Britain and the EU struggle to come to terms, 15 Asia-Pacific countries quietly signed the biggest free-trade deal in history. That’s a welcome …
25 Dec 2020
What to invest in as we move into a world beyond lockdown
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What to invest in as we move into a world beyond lockdown

Has Covid-19 changed our relationship with cities for good? Will government responses to the pandemic finally ignite inflation this year? John Stepek …
24 Dec 2020
The MoneyWeek Christmas quiz
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The MoneyWeek Christmas quiz

The year has been dominated by one event. But there was more to 2020 than lockdowns and pandemics. Test your recall of financial events of the past 12…
24 Dec 2020
Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss
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Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss

Kweku Adoboli's risky trading and his desperate attempts to cover it up wiped £2.7bn off UBS’s market capitalisation.
24 Dec 2020
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
23 December 1913: The US Federal Reserve is created
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23 December 1913: The US Federal Reserve is created

After much debate, Woodrow Wilson finally signed the bill that would create the US Federal Reserve on this day in 1913.
23 Dec 2020
23 December 1834: Joseph Hansom patents the Hansom cab
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23 December 1834: Joseph Hansom patents the Hansom cab

The 19th-century forerunner of the London black cab, architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom patented his Hansom cab on this day in 1834.
23 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
22 December 1973: Opec more than doubles the price of oil
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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 2020
21 December 1844: The Rochdale Pioneers open for business
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21 December 1844: The Rochdale Pioneers open for business

On this day in 1844, the Rochdale Pioneers opened a little shop on Toad Lane in Rochdale, Lancashire, which became a model for co-operatives around th…
21 Dec 2020