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  • The U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus leaves for home at Portland, Dorset on Aug. 18, 1958.

    Launch of first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus (21st January 1954)


    The USS Nautilus celebrated its historic launch as the world's first nuclear-powered submarine on January 21, 1954. The Nautilus revolutionised undersea warfare, offering enhanced endurance and speed. The milestone marked a significant advancement in naval technology and paved the way for numerous advancements in submarine operations.

  • Officials planning the introduction of the compulsory UK driving test - 1934

    Driving test introduced in the UK (26th March 1934)


    The United Kingdom first implemented the driving test in 1935, this milestone marks the evolution of road safety regulations in the country. The driving test has played a crucial role in ensuring that drivers meet the necessary standards to operate vehicles on UK roads.

  • Overview of the Terracotta Army in the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is displaying the collection of terracotta sculpture

    Terracotta Warriors unearthed in Xian, China (29th March 1974)


    In China's historic city of Xian, the iconic Terracotta Warriors were discovered in 1974. These life-sized sculptures, dating back over 2,000 years, were unearthed by farmers, and have since become a symbol of ancient Chinese civilization and an internationally renowned archaeological treasure.

  • Swedish pop group ABBA celebrate winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest on stage at the Brighton Dome in England on April 6, 1974, with their song Waterloo. L-R: Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida), Agnetha Faltskog, and Bjorn Ulvaeus.

    Abba won Eurovision Song Contest (6th April 1974)


    Abba, the iconic Swedish pop group, emerged victorious in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, captivating the world with their sensational hit, "Waterloo." The triumph paved the way for Abba's global success and contributed significantly to their enduring legacy in the music industry. "Waterloo" remains an iconic anthem.

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