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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.
Bjorn Ulvaeus is born in Gothenburg, Sweden. he will find fame as a songwriter, singer and guitarist with Abba.
Frida Lyngstad is born in Narvik, Norway. She will find international fame as Frida of Swedish supergroup 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.
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.
Jag Var Sa Kar (I Was So In Love) by Agnetha Faltskog reaches No1 in the Pop Singles Chart in Sweden, Europe. Agnetha will find greater international success as a member 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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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.
Abba release a new single, Dancing Queen, in the UK on Epic Records. On the same day, The First European Punk Rock Festival, is staged at Mont De Marsan, near Bordeaux, France. Acts on the bill include The Damned, Count Bishops, Nick Lowe, Pink Fairies, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Tyla Gang and The Hammersmith Gorillas.
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.
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.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the second 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 first of two nights at Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
Abba play at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
Abba reach No1 in the UK singles chart with The Winner Takes It All. On the same day, The Police finish recording the album Zenyatta Mondatta at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland, Europe.
Benny and Frida of Abba announce that they have started divorce proceedings, in the wake of Benny's revelation of his love for Swedish TV personality Mona Norklit.
The Visitors by Abba is the new UK No1 album.
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 new No1 album in the UK is the Abba compilation The Singles - The First Ten Years.
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.
Stig Andersson, manager of Abba and writer of over 3,000 song lyrics, dies of a heart attack in Stockholm, Sweden, aged 66.
The stage musical Mamma Mia!, based on the music of Abba, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End, London, UK.
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.
For the first time in twenty years, all four members of Abba are seen together in public when they attend the Swedish-language premiere of the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Cirkus Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
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.
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.
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.
Edwin Shirley, the rock'n'roll trucking pioneer whose fleet of vehicles transported artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson, dies aged 64 in Homerton Hospital, Hackney, London, England, UK, Europe. He had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009 but continued working for as long as possible.
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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.
Abba Monopoly, an Abba-oriented version of the popular board game, is made available to buy via the band's website.
All four members of ABBA attend the opening of member Bjorn Ulvaeus' new business venture, a theatre-restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, based on and named after their hit single Mamma Mia. This marks the first time all four members of ABBA have been photographed together since they attended the premiere of the movie Mamma Mia in London in 2008.