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Location  Europe
Capital  Cardiff
Area  20,779 sq km
Population  3,113,200
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  • Roy Jenkins, a British politician who was born in Wales, took office as President of the European Commission and served from January 6, 1977 to January 19, 1981. He was the sixth President of European Commission which is the executive body of the European Union-an economic and political union of European countries. Jenkins was the first ever British to hold this office.

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  • One of the largest solar park applications submitted in Wales was approved by Anglesey council on 9 January 2013. It will be built on a 70-acre site, the size of 28 football pitches, at the Bodorgan Estate.[1]

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  • Researchers from Wales and England have revealed the earliest Jurassic dinosaur ever found in the UK in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE on 20 January 2016. The 200 million-year-old dinosaur specimen, named Dracoraptor - meaning dragon thief, was found in Wales in spring 2014.[2]

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  • A team of international scientists, including researchers from Wales, has discovered more than 450 ancient earthworks in the western Brazilian Amazon, as reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 6 February 2017.[3]

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  • Wales ranked tenth in the world on how effectively children can access the justice system to defend their rights, according to a research report released on 15 February 2016 by Children Rights International Network (CRIN).[4]

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  • Fox hunting with dogs was outlawed in Wales from 18 February 2005. Earlier on 18 November 2004 hunting with dogs was banned in England and Wales with the passing of the Hunting Act 2004.

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  • Following a referendum on 3 March 2011 the National Assembly for Wales obtained extended law-making powers in 20 subject areas. With majority YES vote it became possible for the National Assembly for Wales to legislate without having to consult the United Kingdom parliament or the Secretary of State for Wales within the British cabinet.

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  • Doctors at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, Wales used a series of 3D printed parts to repair a motorbike crash dad’s facial injuries, according to an official announcement on 12 March 2014.[5]

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  • Wales beat Ireland 25-7 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 16 March 2019 to win the Six Nations Rugby Union grand slam for the third time in 11 years.
  • Wales national rugby union team shocked England 30-3 to win the Six Nations title at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 16 March 2013.[6]

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  • Wales won the Six Nations Championship, an annual international rugby union competition, completing the Grand Slam by beating France 16-9 in Cardiff on 17 March 2012. It was their third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years.[7]

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  • Wales international rugby union player Leigh Halfpenny was voted the 2013 Six Nations Championship player of the year on 22 March 2013.

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  • Swansea University Egyptology lecturer Dr Ken Griffin has found a depiction of one of the most famous pharaohs in history Hatshepsut (one of only a handful of female pharaohs) on an object in the Egypt Centre stores, as reported on 28 March 2018.[8]

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  • The smoking ban came into force in Wales in all enclosed public places and work premises since 2 April 2007.

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  • Stone Age humans brought red deer to Scotland by sea, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on 6 April 2016 by the researchers from the Cardiff University, Wales. The animals are unlikely to have come from the mainland Scotland and nearby countries.[9]
  • A ban on showing tobacco products at the point of sale in small shops across the UK including Wales came into force on 6 April 2015.

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  • Welsh band 9Bach won the Album of the Year Prize for their album Tincian at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff on 22 April 2015. 9Bach became the first Welsh band to win an award in the competition's 15-year history.[10]

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  • Welsh footballer Gareth Bale won the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards for 2012-13, becoming only the third person to clinch the double accolade in the same season. Gareth was named the winner on 28 April 2013 while playing for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Wales national team.

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  • Margaret Thatcher was elected as the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as was of Wales, in 1979. She was the first woman elected ruler in Europe.[11]

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  • A new law in Wales and England made it a criminal offence to force people into marriage. From 16 June 2014, parents who force their children to marry can be punished by up to seven years in prison.[12]

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  • Author Carys Davies of Wales won the 2015 Frank O’Connor international short story award for her collection The Redemption of Galen Pike.

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  • Francesca Jones of Wales won gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the rhythmic gymnastics individual ribbon final event.[13]

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  • Welsh racing cyclist Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France overall title representing Team Sky on 29 July 2018.[14]

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  • Welsh rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones was presented with the David Dixon Award at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which recognizes an outstanding athlete of the Games. Jones won six medals in Glasgow, claiming five silver and one gold in the ribbon routine which was her last ever performance before retirement.

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  • The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning produced by the National Theatre Wales - a play about Bradley Manning, the US soldier convicted of espionage for leaking secrets - won the James Tait Black Prize for 2013, the UK's oldest literary award, in a new category for Drama.

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  • Researchers from Wales, Sweden and England have used GPS data to reveal the mathematical secrets of how sheepdogs do their job. The new model, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface on 27 August 2014, helps to explain why one shepherd and a single dog can herd an unruly flock of more than 100 sheep.[15]

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  • Wales was voted as the world’s tenth most beautiful country by the influential travel publisher Rough Guide’s readers, as published on 4 September 2017.[16]

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  • United Kingdom (Wales) conducted its first nuclear test in 1952. On October 3, 1952 Hurricane, first British atomic device, was detonated in a lagoon off the western shore of Timouille Island, Australia. United Kingdom was the third country in the world to successfully develop and test nuclear weapon.[17]

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  • Anna-Louise Bates of Wales, founder of 'Believe', a charity set up in honour of her husband and son to support and promote organ donation in Wales and beyond, was recognised by the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 12 October 2018 as the Commonwealth Point of Light.[18]

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  • Rosemarie Frankland a Welsh beauty pageant won the 1961 Miss World contest representing United kingdom. Frankland won the title at the age of 18.[19]

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  • A team of researchers from Bangor University in Wales on 15 November 2013 announced that the oldest animal in the world, a species of Icelandic clam known as an ocean quahog, was 507-years-old. It was located in 2006 as part of an expedition to Iceland and was accidentally killed when scientists pried it open to discover its age.[20]

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  • Welsh and English researchers have unearthed 380 million years old ancient fossil forests in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago situated in the Arctic Ocean, as announced on 19 November 2015.[21]

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  • Helen Morgan became the second woman from Wales to win the Miss World contest in 1974 representing United Kingdom. She resigned four days later on discovery that she had a child.[19]

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  • Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas of Wales was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018.

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