1980s

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October: Robens Institute Seminar – Talk by Leon Straker inspired a group to set up a meeting

November: First meeting at Kingston Hospital

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November
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April:
Students begin protesting in Tiananmen Square

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December:
1st full length episode of The Simpsons airs in the USA

1990s

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February:
Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years
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January: RCN Conference Nottingham. Fay Reid and Christine Tarling speakers. Maggie took flyers

September: Northern Group started by Christine Tarling

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November:
Five Nations host 2nd Rugby World Cup. Australia beat England 12-6

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November:
Freddie Mercury dies

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September: First conference organised in York by Northern Group. £60 for members

September: First validated training course in Newcastle - Christine Tarling and Jacqueline Hall

November: Southern Group started

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March:
Microsoft releases Windows 3.1

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April:
Betty Boothroyd is elected as 1st women Speaker of the House of Commons

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January: Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

August: East Midlands Group 1st meeting

April: Somerset, Avon and Gloucester Group started

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May:
Schindler's List wins the Best Film award at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes

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August:
A Brief History of Time becomes the longest running book on the Sunday Times Bestseller list

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March: 11 groups started and 203 new members join

September: 3rd conference in Bristol where 1st constitution is adopted

September: Back Exchange becomes National Back Exchange

October: First issue of The Column published

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March:
Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is stolen in Oslo

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May:
Channel Tunnel opens after 7 years of work

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August: IPC published and launched by the RCN

September: 4th conference in Nottingham

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February:
Barings Bank collapses when Nick Leeson loses $1.4bn

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November:
Toy Story is first ever full-length computer-generated film

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September: 5th conference is held in Canterbury

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February:
Garry Kasparov, chess champion, is beaten by IBM's Deep Blue computer

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July:
Dolly the sheep becomes the first cloned animal

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April: 2nd constitution is adopted

August: Interprofessional Curriculum Framework published

August: Handling of Patients 4th edition published

September: 6th conference held in Lancaster

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May:
Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister

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June:
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone published

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July: 4th edition of Handling of Patients is revised

September: 7th conference is held at Warwick University

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April:
Belfast Agreement signed between British and Irish governments

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May:
Frank Sinatra dies

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September: 8th conference held in Colchester

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March:
1st circumnavigation of the Earth by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones

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June:
Apple releases first iBook - the first laptop designed for average users

2000s

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September: 9th conference held in Durham University

2nd October: Human Rights Act 1998 comes into force.

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February: Last Peanuts comic strip published following the death of Charles Schultz

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November:
First resident crew enters International Space Station

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September: 10th conference held at Hinkley Hotel - the first conference organized by the Executive rather than local groups

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September:
Al-Qaeda coordinates a series of attacks in America resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths and the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York

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June: Essential Back-Up is published

September: 11th conference held at Hinkley

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January:
Euro notes and coins issued in Euro zone countries becoming the only legal tender shortly after

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March: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother, dies

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January: All Wales Passport published

September: 12th conference held at Hinkley

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February:
Space shuttle Columbia breaks up on re-entry

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November: England defeat Australia in the Rugby World Cup 20-17

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September: 13th conference held at Hinkley

November: Manual Handling Standard is published

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February:
Facebook founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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October:
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Scottish Parliament

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April: Current constitution adopted at EGM

September: 14th conference held at Hinkley

July: Handling of People 5th edition published with chapters and peer review by NBE members

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April:
Pope Benedict XVI succeeds John Paul II becoming the 265th pope

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November:
Surgeons in France perform the first human face transplant

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September: 15th conference held at Telford where, at the AGM, a motion to adopt an Honorary Membership category is passed

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December:
The Baiji (Chinese River Dolphin) is declared extinct.

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September: 16th conference held at Telford where first Honorary Memberships awarded to Fay Reid and Maggie Williams

October: 1st Registered Members qualify

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July:
Climate change concerts held in 9 cities worldwide

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July:
Final Harry Potter novel released becoming the fastest ever selling book

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September: 17th conference held at Hinkley

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November:
Barack Obama is elected as the 44th president of the United States and becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office.

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September: 18th conference held at Hinkley where NBE celebrates its 21st birthday

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June:
Swine Flu declared to be a global pandemic

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June:
Michael Jackson dies