1991 - 2000

1991

Poll Tax replaced (by Council Tax)

Robert Maxwell drowns at sea  

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1992

Coal industry privatised

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1993

July: Ratification of Maastricht Treaty, established the European Union (EU)

Betty Boothroyd first woman Speaker of the House of Commons  

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1994

November: National Lottery starts

Channel Tunnel open to traffic

15 million people connected to the Internet by now

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1995

1996

Halle-Bopp comet

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1997

May: Labour landslide victory in Britain (Tony Blair replaces John Major as Prime Minister)

Aug: Diana, Princess of Wales killed in car crash

Mars landing by American Rover

Land speed record breaks sound barrier for first time

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1998

Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Ireland effectively implemented when separate N Ireland parliament created in December 1999

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1999

January 1: European Monetary Union begins UK opts out

November 11: Hereditary Peers no longer have right to sit in House of Lords

December: Separate parliaments created for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (but not for England)  

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2000

The Internet makes a difference as three branches of the family are joined through on line searches

November - The Domain Name is secured www.ferdinando.org.uk

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