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Timeline of historical events

1773-1782 American war of independence
1789 French revolution
1800 about First use of coal gas for lighting
1805 Battle of Trafalgar (Napoleonic wars)
1808 - 1813 Peninsular war
1815 Battle of Waterloo
1830 about Steam engine heralds industrial revolution and railways
1839 - 1842 Afghan wars
1840 - 1848 Sikh  wars, move from an agricultural towards an urban economy begins
1854 - 1855 Crimean war with Russia
1861 - 1865 American civil war
1865 Gas works opened in Malvern, initially to supply street lighting
1866 Charles Darwin publishes book on evolution
1870 about Iron clad ships
1877 Towards the end of the 1870s the Telegraph network reaches Great Malvern
1879 Zulu wars
1890 about Bicycle with pneumatic tyres
1881 - 1900 Boer wars
1883 Krakatoa erupts
1894 The public water supply to Great Malvern is augmented by a reservoir at British Camp. Backed up by water pumped from Bromsberrow in 1906. However some cottages are still having to rely on water pumped from wells in 1918.
1897 First petrol driven motor cars appear in Malvern
1903 First powered flight
1904 Malvern Urban District Council opens an electricity generating plant next to the gas works; some properties do not get electricity until the 1950s
1914 - 1918 World War 1
1939 - 1945 World War 2
1950 - 1953 Korean war
1982 Falklands war, caused by Argentina invading the Falkland Islands
1990 - 1991 First Gulf War caused by Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq, invading Kuwait
2001 On 11th September 2001 Islamic terrorists flew two airliners, full of passengers, into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. The event became known as 9/11.
2001 This led to war with Afghanistan in a hunt for Osama bin Laden the mastermind behind the attack on the US World Trade Centre. After the US withdrew from Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban quickly took over the country, pushing women out of public life.
2003 Iraq war, caused by fears over the secret development of weapons of mass destruction. The President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was deposed and later executed. UK prime minister Tony Blair was criticized for supporting the war especially once it became evident intelligence reports were not well founded.
2005 British Islamic terrorists set off 3 bombs on the London Underground and a fourth on a double decker bus. The event became known as 7/7.
2011 Libyan Civil War. NATO forces help remove Col Gaddafi, but country then descends into chaos as forecast by the ex leader. UK prime minister David Cameron involved this time, who was criticized for having no plan for what comes after.
2011 Syrian Civil War between the government of Syria and the self declared Islamic State. Russia steps in to support its ally and break the stalemate.
2014 Russian Federation led by Putin invades SE Ukraine and takes Crimea.
2014 Russia backs rebels in the Donbas region of Ukraine.
2014 Russians inadvertently shoot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 flying over east Ukraine with a ground to air missile killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
2020 Chinese Coronavirus pandemic, otherwise known as COVID-19, spreads rapidly across the globe. In the UK the deaths of 200,000 people are linked to COVID-19 over a period of 2 years. There is a suspicion the virus escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan.
2021 In January COVD-19 vaccines become increasingly available and immunisation programmes commence.
2022 On 23rd February, as countries emerge from the pandemic, Russian forces led by Vladimir Putin launch an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
2023 On 7th October Hamas launches an attack across the Gaza strip slaughtering 1,400 Israeli men, women and children and taking 240 hostages, thus provoking the Israel Hamas war.

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