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?1786? The Gloucester Journal of 14th August called Swansea ?the Brighton of Wales?

?1804? Calvert Richard Jones, pioneer photographer born in Swansea, took photos here as early as the 1840?s.

?1807? World?s first passenger railway established.

?1823? Red Lady of Paviland discovered in Gower cave (oldest human remains ? later found to be the bones of a young man buried over 100,000 years ago)

?1835? Swansea Museum founded by Royal Institution of Wales.

?1881? Welsh Rugby Union founded in the Castle Hotel, Neath.

?1898? Mumbles 800 foot long Victorian Pier built

?1913? By 1913 four out of every five tinplate workers in Britain lived within a 20 mile radius of Swansea.

?1914? Dylan Thomas born ? 2003 commemorates the 50th anniversary of his death.

?1921? Sir Harry Secombe, much loved entertainer, singer, writer, comedian and presenter born.

?1956? Gower Peninsula declared the UK?s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

?1969? Catherine Zeta Jones born in Swansea

?1992? First Tidal Barrage built across a river (Tawe) in the UK, adds to leisure opportunities.

?1995? City hosts UK?s ?Year of Literature?

?2001? 16th October sees the first Swansea to Dublin scheduled flight.

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