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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
release the album Arrival.
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
3. Love So Right - The Bee Gees
4. Just To Be Close To You - The Commodores
5. Muskrat Love - The Captain And Tennille
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
10. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
arrive at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe, on a promotional visit.
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.
play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London.
play the second of two nights at Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Super Trouper.
'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.
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.
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
, 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.
, the rock'n'roll trucking pioneer whose fleet of vehicles transported artists including The Rolling Stones
, Led Zeppelin
, Pink Floyd
, 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.