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HISTORY: On this day September 2-8, 2018 (week 36) infographic

On this day August 19-25, 2018

Graphic News

September 2-8, 2018 -- Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features J.R.R. Tolkien, the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Tsar Peter the Great of Russia, a baby boy born to the Imperial family in Japan, the nickname “Uncle Sam”, and Twitter

September 2, 1973: British writer J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the classic fantasy works The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, died aged 81

September 3, 2000: The controversial Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet, being built jointly by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, finally began full-scale production

September 4, 1948: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who had reigned since 1890, abdicated in favour of her daughter, Juliana. They are pictured above in 1913

September 5, 1698: Tsar Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on beards as part of a effort to modernise Russian society following western European models

September 6, 2006: Celebrations erupted in Japan as the Imperial family welcomed the first male baby for 41 years. The birth of the new prince averted a looming succession crisis

September 7, 1813: A New York newspaper, referring to the initials U.S. on barrels of beef for the U.S. Army, coined the nickname “Uncle Sam” for the United States

September 8, 2011: Twitter, launched in 2006, said it had over 100 million active users. As of 2018 that is up to more than 330 million users per month, with 500 million tweets sent daily

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