1967 – The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper

1967 – The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper

On June 1 1967, The Beatles release Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album is an instant hit, soaring to number one in the charts and staying there for 27 weeks in the UK and 15 weeks in the US.  

1999 – The euro is launched

1999 – The euro is launched

The euro – a single currency for the Eurozone, which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union – is introduced to financial markets on January 1 1999.

2016 – UK votes to leave the EU

2016 – UK votes to leave the EU

On June 23 2016, the UK holds a referendum to determine the future of its relationship with the European Union. The country votes – by the slimmest of margins – to leave the EU and the term ‘Brexit’ is coined for the process.