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1869, Star of Africa is found, later becoming worlds largest diamond.
1871, Kimberly mine is discovered, becoming richest mine for over a century
1888, De Beers officially established, Cecil Rhodes named founding chairman
1902, Cecil Rhodes dies in Muizenberg
1926, Ernest Oppenheimer elected to De Beers board
1929, Ernest Oppenheimer becomes chairman of De Beers
1932, De Beers closes all its mines as demand for diamonds dries up
1940, WWII breaks out De Beers closes all mines for duration
1947, "A diamond is forever" slogan is born
1966, Kimberlite (diamond ore) is discovered in Botswana
1982, production begins at Botswana mine
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