Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
The Spice Girls' decision to reunite for a series of comeback concerts comes 14 years after the group first formed in response to a newspaper advertisement. Within three years, they had become among the most famous women in the world.
Girl group Touch founded after ad placed in The Stage. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Victoria Adams Melanie Brown Melanie Chisholm Geri Halliwell and Michelle Stephenson form Touch after answering an ad in The Stage newspaper placed by fatherandson team Bob and Chris Herbert who put them up in a house in Maidenhead Berkshire. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Stephenson was later replaced by Emma Bunton and the group gained a new name the Spice Girls.
Simon Fuller becomes the groups manager. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The Spice Girls parted company with the Herberts and signed up with 19 Management run by Simon Fuller who had helped the careers of Annie Lennox and Paul Hardcastle. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Bob and Chris Herbert later went on to mould a successful boy band Five. Bob died in a car crash in August 1999 aged 57.
8 July, 1996
Debut single Wannabe is released. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Wannabe featuring a video filmed in one take at London's St Pancras Chambers went on to enter the charts at number three before rising to number one the following week. It stayed there for seven weeks. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0A Top of the Pops magazine feature gave the group their nicknames Posh Baby Scary Sporty and Ginger.
Second single Say Youll Be There enters chart at number one.
4 November, 1996
Debut album Spice is released. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The huge sales of the Spice Girls' debut album demonstrated the group's enormous popularity. It went on to sell over three million copies in the UK alone and some 23 million copies worldwide.
Third single 2 Become 1 goes to number one.
The Spice Girls conquer America. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Debut single Wannabe climbs to the top of the Billboard chart. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The album Spice goes on to sell 10 million copies in the US.
Geri Halliwells Union Jack dress dazzles the Brit Awards. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The Spice Girls won two Brit Awards at their first ceremony but it wasn't their prizes that became the main talking point as Geri Halliwell's figurehugging Union Jack dress hogged the headlines. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The following year the dress was sold for £36200 at a London auction. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
Double Aside Mama Who Do You Think You Are goes straight to number one.
15 March, 1997
Posh and Becks meet. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Victoria Adams meets David Beckham for the first time in the players' lounge at Old Trafford after Manchester United's 20 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Fifth single Spice Up Your Life enters chart at number one.
1 November, 1997
Spice Girls meet Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0South African President Nelson Mandela got a taste of Girl Power when the fivesome visited him and Prince Charles in Johannesburg. "These are my heroes" Mr Mandela quipped.
8 November, 1997
Simon Fuller fired as manager. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0After making £6m each in a little over a year the Spice Girls dropped the man who helped them on their way to stardom Simon Fuller. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The press reported the rebellion the ultimate expression of Girl Power was led by Geri Halliwell and Mel B. "This is very much the girls' idea" said a spokesman for Fuller. "We wish them the very best of luck in the future."
16 November, 1997
Second album enters the charts at number one. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The group's second album Spiceworld made its debut at number one in the UK. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0It sold 191000 copies in a week but that was 150000 fewer than Oasis' Be Here Now had sold in its first day earlier that year.
26 December, 1997
Spiceworld The Movie is released. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Featuring cameos from Roger Moore Sir Elton John Richard E. Grant and Stephen Fry Spiceworld The Movie made £6.8m in its first week of release. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0At the same time the group were enjoying their second Christmas number one with Too Much.
25 January, 1998
Victoria Adams and David Beckham announce their engagement.
24 February, 1998
The 102date Spiceworld tour kicks off in Dublin.
15 March, 1998
Run of number one singles comes to an end. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Seventh single Stop enters the UK chart at number two ending the band's run of number ones. It is held off the pole position by Run DMC's It's Like That. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
31 May, 1998
Geri Halliwell quits. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Ginger Spice announces through her lawyer that she has quit the group. "This is because of differences between us" she says in a statement. "I wish to apologise to all the fans... PS I'll be back." LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Prince Charles sends the singer a letter saying "the group will not be the same without you". Shares in record company EMI drop by 10p.
26 July, 1998
Viva Forever goes to number one. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Eighth single Viva Forever enters the chart at number one. Geri Halliwell still appears in the animated video made by Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman.
24 August, 1998
Spices in crisis as two members fall pregnant. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0In the middle of the US leg of their world tour the Spice Girls issue a statement to deny rumours they on the verge of splitting after both Mel B and Victoria Adams announce they are pregnant. FONT COLOR000099 FONT
26 September, 1998
Melanie B becomes Melanie G LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Surrounded by tight security Mel B marries dancer Jimmy Gulzar in a 12th century church next to her Buckinghamshire mansion. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0However the marriage only lasts 16 months.
20 December, 1998
Goodbye becomes the groups third Christmas number one. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The Spice Girls become only the second group in history to score three consecutive Christmas number one singles. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The Beatles set the precedent between 1963 and 1965 with I Want to Hold Your Hand followed by I Feel Fine and Day Tripper. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
22 May, 1999
Geri Halliwells first solo single makes number one.
4 July, 1999
Victoria and David Beckham marry in Ireland. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Tight security surrounded the couple as they tied the knot at Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin. Victoria wore a diamondstudded crown for the occasion.
5 December, 1999
Spice Girls named worst group by Smash Hits readers
3 March, 2000
Spice Girls receive the Brits lifetime achievement award LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The group collect a lifetime achievement prize at the Brits. The award is usually reserved for longestablished acts but British Phonographic Industry chairman Rob Dickins defended the decision to recognise the girl group. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0"The Spice Girls have smashed most worldwide record books in their own way much as the Beatles did in the 60s" he said. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
23 October, 2000
First Spice Girls single in two years released. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Double Aside Holler Let Love Lead The Way is released in the UK and gives the Spice Girls their ninth and final number one. In the US it struggles to number 107. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Album Forever is released in November and reaches number two but it drops out of the chart after only eight weeks. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
8 March, 2001
Mel C says she is not comfortable in the Spice Girls. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Mel C tells the Reuters news agency "I don't intend to do any more work with the Spice Girls. Really I've not been comfortable being in the Spice Girls for probably the last two years." LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0There is no formal split but group dispense with the services of their manager Nancy Phillips in October 2001. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
17 February, 2003
All five Spice Girls attend a reunion dinner. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Geri Halliwell rejoined her former bandmates for dinner at Victoria and David Beckham's home in Hertfordshire. Mel C later called the meeting a "friendly get together" and said she would have walked out if the issue of reuniting the group had been raised. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
21 June, 2005
Mel B blocks plans for a Spice Girls reunion at Live 8. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Bob Geldof told Channel 4's Richard and Judy he wanted to reform the Spice Girls for Live 8 but Mel B was having "difficulty" agreeing to the plan. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
15 June, 2007
Mel C says there is some truth to reform rumours. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0Mel C told the BBC that "for the first time ever there is some truth in the rumours" of a Spice Girls comeback. But she warned that any reunion would be for "a very short space of time... a final goodbye" and a thank you to fans. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
28 June, 2007
Spice Girls announce reunion tour. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0The Spice Girls reconvened at London's O2 arena to announce a world tour. "For us it's about celebrating the past enjoying each other and it's about our fans. It was kind of now or never" Geri Halliwell told reporters. LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0 LETTERSPACING0 KERNING0
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