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The Battle Of Waterloo is fought thirteen kilometres south of Brussels, Europe, between the French, under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Allied armies commanded by the Duke of Wellington from Britain and General Blucher from Prussia. Napoleon's defeat will inspire the opening verses of Abba's 1974 hit single, Waterloo.
Stikkan Andersson is born in Mariestad, Sweden. He will find international success as Stig Andersson, manager of Abba.
Frida Lyngstad is born in Narvik, Norway. She will find international fame as Frida of Swedish supergroup Abba.
Benny Andersson is born in Stockholm, Sweden. He will find fame as a songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player with Abba.
Michael Putland is born in Harrow, England, UK, Europe. Mr. Putland, aka Mike Putland, will become one of the world's top rock photographers, working with Abba, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, George Michael, The Cure, Georgie Fame, Frank Zappa and numerous others.
Edwin Shirley is born in Cranbrook, Kent, England, UK, Europe. He will find success as a rock'n'roll trucking pioneer whose fleet of vehicles will transport equipment for artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson.
Agnetha Faltskog is born in Jonkoping, Sweden, Europe. She will find international fame as vocalist Agnetha of Abba.
The Hep Stars record Bald Headed Woman and Lonesome Town for Olga Records in Sweden, Europe. The band includes Benny Andersson, later to find fame with Abba.
Twenty-one year old Anni-Frid Lyngstad wins the New Faces talent competition in Sweden, Europe, singing the song En Ledig Dag. That night, as part of her prize, she appears on Swedish tv. (She will go on to international fame as a member of Abba).
Aspiring pop singer Agnetha Faltskog makes her first tv appearance on the programme Studio 8 in Sweden, Europe. On this day, she also meets Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who is performing her debut single, En Ledig Dag, on the same show. The two women will later work together as members of Abba.
Hej Gamle Man!, a new single on Polar Records by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, enters the pop singles chart in Sweden, Europe, where it will remain for fifteen weeks reaching no 1. The pair will find greater fame as the male half of Abba.
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A Swedish soft porn movie, The Seduction Of Inga, has its premiere. Directed by American Joseph W Sarno, it might have been totally forgotten, except that the theme music, Inga’s Theme, was composed by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, later to form Abba.
Bjorn And Benny, Agnetha And Anni-Frid record People Need Love in Metronome Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. It will provide them with their first hit single, but they will find much greater success after changing their name to Abba.
Swedish pop group Bjorn and Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid record Contemplation for Polar Music. The track is never used but the quartet will eventually find fame as Abba.
Bjorn And Benny, Agnetha And Anni-Frid release a new single, He Is Your Brother/Santa Rosa, in Sweden on Polar Records. They will find greater success after changing their name to Abba.
Bjorn And Benny, Agnetha And Anni-Frid release a new single, He Is Your Brother/Santa Rosa, in Sweden on Polar Records. They will find greater success after changing their name to Abba.
Abba release a new single, Dancing Queen, in the USA on Atlantic Records.
Abba release a new single, Dancing Queen, in the USA on Atlantic Records.
Abba arrive in London, UK, on a promotional visit.
Abba arrive at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe, on a promotional visit.
The Top Ten Singles on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, are : 1. Disco Duck, Part 1 - Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots (RSO) 2. Tonight's the Night - Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers) 3. Love So Right - The Bee Gees (RSO) 4. Just To Be Close To You - The Commodores (Motown) 5. Muskrat Love - The Captain And Tennille (A+M) 6. The Rubberband Man - The Spinners (Atlantic) 7. Whispering/Cherchez la Femme/Se Si Bon - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (RCA) 8. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago (Columbia) 9. Fernando - ABBA (Atlantic) 10. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot (Reprise)
Abba enter the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Dancing Queen, which will peak at No1.
Abba begin a four week run at No1 on the UK pop singles chart with The Name Of The Game.
After living together for nine years, Benni and Anni-Frid of Abba get married in a quiet ceremony at their local church. The witnesses are their house-keeper and a church warden.
The Jacksons including Michael Jackson, perform Blame It On The Boogie during recording of the Abba Snowtime tv special in the Central Hotel, Leysin, Switzerland.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the third of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the fourth of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the last of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the second of two nights at Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
Abba reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Super Trouper.
The Visitors by Abba is the new UK No1 album and, on the same day, it is announced in the UK rock press that all-girl punk band The Slits has split up.
The most successful group of the 1970s, Abba, release what will prove to be their final original single, Under Attack.
According to Atlantic Records' newly published catalogue, the following albums are no longer available in vinyl LP form: Yes - Fragile, Pete Townshend - Empty Glass, Crosby, Stills And Nash - CSN, Phil Collins - Face Value, Greatest Hits - Abba, The Best of Ray Charles, and everything by Emerson, Lake And Palmer and everything by Genesis (except The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway).
Despite having split up a decade earlier, Abba is revealed to be the Best-Selling Swedish Artist of the Year at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo.
It is reported that seventies superSwedes Abba have turned down a $1 billion offer to reform for a tour.
Los Angeles Superior Court reveals that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has settled (six weeks earlier) a $5m battery lawsuit filed by lighting technician Connie Paulson who had her nose broken by Durst during the group's Anger Management Tour in December 2000.
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The contents of Polar Studios, where Abba recorded their hits, are sold at auction in Frihamnen, Malmo, Sweden, Europe. The studio was closed down because the rent had more than doubled.
During a televised interview in Chez Vrony, Zermatt, Switzerland, Europe, Anni-Frid Lyngstadt, better known as Frida of Abba, states that she would be happy to take part in an Abba re-union. The stumbling block, however, is Benny and Bjorn, neither of whom are interested.
Waterloo by ABBA is voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ola Brunkert, long-term drummer for Abba, is found dead at his villa in Majorca, Spain, Europe. Spanish police say that Brunkert apparently bled to death after somehow falling onto his greenhouse.
The Official Charts Company reports that 25% of British households now own a copy of Mamma Mia!, the hit film based on songs by Abba. With five million copies sold, it becomes the country's biggest selling DVD of all time.
A poll conducted by secondary ticketing company Viagogo, finds that ABBA is the group music fans most want to see reunite in 2009. The Smiths come second, followed by a reunited Robbie Williams and Take That, The Stone Roses and Guns N' Roses with former guitarist Slash.
The Benny Andersson Band releases a new album, Story Of A Heart, in the UK. The album is written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the songwriting team behind Abba.
ABBA, Genesis, The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, The Stooges, David Geffen, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell are inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA.
Rock saxophonist Raf Ravenscroft dies at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devon, UK, aged sixty following a heart attack. He was best-known for playing the sax break in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit Baker Street, but also worked with many other top-flight musicians including Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, Pink Floyd and Abba.
According to research carried out by The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK, the most recognisable pop song ever is announced as Wannabe by The Spice Girls. The complete Top 10, with the lengths of time required to recognise them, is as follows :

1. Spice Girls, Wannabe - 2.29 seconds
2. Lou Bega, Mambo No. 5 - 2.48 seconds
3. Survivor, Eye of the Tiger - 2.62 second
4. Lady Gaga, Just Dance - 2.66 seconds
5. Abba, SOS and Roy Orbison, Pretty Woman - 2.73 seconds
6. Michael Jackson, Beat It - 2.8 seconds
7. Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You and The Human League, Don’t You Want Me - 2.83 seconds
8. Aerosmith, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing - 2.84 seconds
9. Lady Gaga, Poker Face - 2.88 seconds
10. Hanson, Mmmmbop - 2.89 seconds
Abba Monopoly, an Abba-oriented version of the popular board game, is made available to buy via the band's website.