1st January 1999 at 00:00

Globe Theatre opens at Southwark, south London

April 24: Oliver Cromwell born


January 30: Charles I executed

March: abolition of monarchy


17 May: Edward Jenner, vaccination pioneer, born


January 9: income tax introduced by Pitt the YoungerTrade unions banned


London County Council established. Lasts until 1965. Establishment of Board

of Education to supervise elementary, secondary and vocational education. Boer

War begins


January 22: first Labour government. Lasts until October

June 8: Mallory and Irvine lost on Everest


March 15: end of clothes rationing. New Look by Dior in Paris uses lots of


September: milk rationing reduced to two and a half, then two pints a week


International Year of Older Persons (UN)


UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

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Amnesty 0171 814 6200

Anti-Slavery International 0171 924 9555

Board of Deputies of British Jews 0171 543 5400

British Humanist Association 0171 430 0908

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament 0171 700 2393

Common Ground 0171 267 2144

London Buddhist Vihara 0181 995 9493

London Fo Koang Temple 0171 636 8394

Macmillan Cancer Relief 0845 6043601

Muslim Information Centre 0171 272 5170

National Aids Trust 0171 814 6767

National Children's Book Trust 45 East Hill, London SW18 2QZ

National Retreat Association 0171 357 7736

Network of Sikh Organisations 0181 540 4148

Office of Tibet 0171 722 5378

One World Week0118 939 4933

Poetry Society (web site:

Refugee Council0171 820 3000

Swaminarayan Hindu Mission 0181 965 2651

UK Working Group on Landmines 0171 281 6073

United Nations Information Centre 0171 630 1981.

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