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On March the 18th
12 paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. At a total worth of more than $100 million, it was one of the largest art thefts in history.
French footballer, Willy Sagnol, was born in Saint-Etienne.
A massive landslide at Chungar, Peru cost the lives of more than 200 people.
The Gold standard was abolished in the United States. The Gold Standard was a system under which it was required to have as much gold in reserve as the currency in circulation.
The Algerian war of independence came to an end after 8 years of conflict.
A massive explosion at a school in New London, Texas, resulted in the death of more than 300 people, most of which were students. The blast occurred due to natural gas leak and was one of the worst school related tragedies in history.
Greek politician, Eleutherios Venizelos, died at the age of 71. He was one of the most influential political figures of modern Greece.
American writer, John Updike, was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He is one of the most critically acclaimed writers of the later part of the 20th and early 21st centuries.
In India, Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience.
The Soviet Union annexed the Ukraine and Belarus.
King George I of Greece was assassinated, by the anarchist Alexandros Schinas.
Italian cyclist, Costante Girardengo, was born in Novi Ligure. He is considered as one of the greatest athletes to ever grace the sport of cycling.
German inventor, Rudolf Diesel, was born in Paris. He was the inventor of the Diesel engine.
American Express was founded by Henry Wells & William Fargo. It was initially an express money order company.
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