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December 12th, 1949
Hilary Page is granted a patent for the studded brick
Hilary Fisher Page is granted a UK patent for his "Self-Locking Bricks", which was applied for in 1945 (and already being sold in 1947). LEGO would later slightly alter and market this design in Demark as "Automatic Binding Bricks".
December 13th, 1996
First Bring Your Favorite Minifig To Work Day
Before becoming an annual event, people are encouraged to bring their favorite minifigs to work (or school) all on the same day.
December 9th, 1999
FGLTC is founded
While planning for their 4th train show, Torsten Wernecke, Jan Weychardt, and Ben Beneke officially form the First German LEGO Train Club (FGLTC).
December 9th, 1999
Brad Justus announces LEGO Direct on LUGNET
Brad Justus introduces himself and the newest venture from LEGO, LEGO Direct, to reach out to the LEGO community and open dialog between the company and its fans.
December 8th, 2007
HispaBrick 2007
The 1st AFOL event in Spain, it was held in December 8 and 9.
December 11th, 2010
Cycle 8 Ambassadors
LEGO releases the list of Cycle 8 (year 2011) LEGO Ambassadors, with 68 members.
About the Project
This project is intended to mark the major milestones in the history of the LEGO hobbyist community. Although it is in part a history of the LEGO company, it's moreover intended to focus more on the myriad of happenings that we in the community remember-- landmark MOCs, community firsts, momentous events, and so forth.

The project was originally developed by Jason Wittenburg in early 2008, but was abandoned some months afterward. Using saved data from the original version, this incarnation is an attempt to keep the project alive, and is currently maintained by David Eaton.

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Help us by adding an event that you don't already see listed. If you aren't sure which ones we have, check the complete timeline.

Events in the AFOL History Project should focus on something that affected the LEGO community. Try to avoid events such as release dates for LEGO sets or themes, unless they made a particularly outstanding effect on the community. It's good to provide community 'first' events, such as a club's first meeting, but try to avoid subsequent repetitive events such as regular LUG meetings or train shows.

Your event text may not be accepted if it doesn't seem to fit, if it looks inaccurate, or if not enough data is provided, but we hope to include most submissions. Also be aware that your exact text may be altered in some cases to match the style of the existing entries.

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Things we'd like to know
There are some things we've looked for but don't have yet. Please let us know if you have any of the following information:
  • Date FBTB forums started
  • Date Tim Saupe announced his leaving FBTB
  • Attendance details for LEGO World events
  • Attendance details for BrickFair events
  • Attendance details for Brickworld events
  • Attendance details for BrickCon events
  • Date of Fibblesnork Guide
  • Date of SimLego's first version
  • Start date for Earthsea FTP Site (pre-ATL?)
  • Start date of A.T.L. (early 1993)
  • First LEGO hobbyist train show (1st known in winter 1985)

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