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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.
Benny Andersen is born in Vangede, Denmark. He will find success as a song-writer, poet, author, composer and pianist. He is said to be the most widely read, most often sung and best loved of modern Danish lyricists. NB. He should not be confused with Benny Andersson from Abba!
Stikkan Andersson is born in Mariestad, Sweden. He will find international success as Stig Andersson, manager of Abba.
Bjorn Ulvaeus is born in Gothenburg, Sweden. he will find fame as a songwriter, singer and guitarist with Abba.
Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad is born in the village of Bjørkåsen, in Ballangen near Narvik, Norway, Europe, to a Norwegian mother, Synni Lyngstad, and a German father, Alfred Haase, a sergeant in the Wehrmacht, not long after the end of the Second World War during the German occupation of Norway. She will grow up as one of thousands of children known as Tyskerbarnas (or German children), the result of a bizarre Nazi experiment to 'enrich' the Aryan gene pool. Anni-Frid will find fame as a member of Abba.
Frida Lyngstad is born in Narvik, Norway. She will find international fame as Frida of Swedish supergroup Abba.
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).
Agnetha Faltskog records Jag Var Sa Kar (I Was So In Love) at Philips Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. It will reach No1 in the Swedish Pop Singles Chart and Agnetha will find greater international success 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.
At a gig in Sweden, Europe, by the Hootenanny Singers, Agnetha Faltskog meets their singer/guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus. The pair will marry and go on to work together in Abba.
In Sweden, Europe, Agnetha Faltskog [later to become a member of Abba) becomes engaged to her boyfriend Dieter Zimmerman, a songwriter and producer.
Swedish vocalist Agnetha Faltskog quits Bernt Enghardt's Dance Band. She will eventually find fame as a member 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.
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 the album Arrival.
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 arrive at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe, on a promotional visit.
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 second 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 play their last gig in Europe, in the Main Hall at The RDS, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Abba reach No1 in the UK singles chart with The Winner Takes It All.
Abba reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Super Trouper.
Abba's record company Polar Music issues a press release noting that the band's latest album Super Trouper has sold 1.7m copies in the UK, where it remained at No1 for eight weeks.
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.
Abba deliver their seventh UK No1 album - The Visitors, which is also their eighth and final studio album. It is one of the first records to have been recorded and mixed digitally.
One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head reaches No1 in the Springbok Radio Singles Chart in South Africa, for the first of six weeks. The song, written by Bjorn and Benny of Abba, is from their musical Chess.
Despite having split up a decade earlier, Abba is revealed to have been 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.
Waterloo by Abba is voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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.
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.
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.