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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
2 February 1709: Alexander Selkirk is rescued
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2 February 1709: Alexander Selkirk is rescued

After four years and four months marooned on a desert island, Alexander Selkirk – the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe – was rescued on …
2 Feb 2021
2 February 1901: Queen Victoria’s funeral procession
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2 February 1901: Queen Victoria’s funeral procession

Britain mourned the death of Queen Victoria by holding a grand state funeral for Britain's then longest-reigning monarch, on this day in 1901.
2 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
30 January 1933: Adolf Hitler takes power
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30 January 1933: Adolf Hitler takes power

Adolf Hitler came to power on this day in 1933 following a political gamble that went disastrously wrong.
30 Jan 2021
29 January 1886: Karl and Bertha Benz patent the motor car
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29 January 1886: Karl and Bertha Benz patent the motor car

On this day in 1886 Karl Benz, along with his wife Bertha, patented their Benz Patent-Motorwagen, with a new and revolutionary power source – the inte…
29 Jan 2021
28 January 1958: the Lego brick is patented
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28 January 1958: the Lego brick is patented

Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, the son of the Danish founder of Lego, patents the famous eight-stud Lego brick, on this day in 1958.
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
23 January 1967: Milton Keynes founded
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23 January 1967: Milton Keynes founded

The most famous of Britain's garden cities, Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, was founded on this day in 1967.
23 Jan 2021
22 January 1924: Ramsay MacDonald becomes prime minister
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22 January 1924: Ramsay MacDonald becomes prime minister

Ramsay MacDonald was one of the founder members of the Labour party, which he took to power on this day in 1924.
22 Jan 2021
22 January 1979: Public sector strike cripples Britain
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22 January 1979: Public sector strike cripples Britain

On this day in 1979, thousands of public sector workers downed tools over the Labour government's unpopular policy to tackle inflation.
22 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
20 January 1841: Britain takes possession of Hong Kong
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20 January 1841: Britain takes possession of Hong Kong

On this day in 1841, Hong Kong island was ceded to Britain following the Chuenpi Convention, along with a resumption of the opium trade.
20 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
16 January 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins
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16 January 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins

Coalition forces led by the US launched an operation to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi forces on this day in 1991, sending the oil price soaring.
16 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
15 January 1759: British Museum opens
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15 January 1759: British Museum opens

On this day in 1759, the British Museum opened in Bloomsbury after Sir Hans Sloane left his of collection of books, manuscripts and specimens to the n…
15 Jan 2021
14 January 2002: Britain’s foot-and-mouth disease epidemic ends
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14 January 2002: Britain’s foot-and-mouth disease epidemic ends

The government finally declared Britain’s foot-and-mouth disease crisis over on this day in 2002, almost a year after the first case had been identifi…
14 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
13 January 1908: Henri Farman wins the Deutsch-Archdeacon Prize
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13 January 1908: Henri Farman wins the Deutsch-Archdeacon Prize

On this day in 1908, Anglo-French flyer Henri Farman scooped the 50,000 franc Deutsch-Archdeacon Prize after the Wright Brothers refused to compete.
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