Mar 5-11 2017 (week 10) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week


On this day Mar 5-11 2017 (week 10)

By Fiona Roberts

March 5, 2017 - March 11, 2017 - This week features the Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator, the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the world’s first jazz record, 1917: The world’s first jazz record, The Dixie Jazz Band One Step, the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, when the death penalty was given for kissing in public, the discovery of the rings of Uranus, and the earthquake that struck Japan and tiggered a major nuclear emergency.

March 5, 1512: Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator was born. His 1569 world map used straight lines spaced so as to provide an accurate ratio of latitude and longitude at any point

March 6, 1937: Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 became the first woman to fly into space, aboard Vostok 6, was born. She turns 80 today

March 7, 1917: The world’s first jazz record, The Dixie Jazz Band One Step, recorded by Nick LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band, was released by RCA Victor

March 8, 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, vanished after leaving Malaysian air space. Satellite data indicated it ditched far off course in the Indian Ocean

March 9, 1562: Kissing in public was banned in Naples on penalty of death. The ban was less about morality than an attempt to curtail the spread of disease during a plague epidemic

March 10, 1977: The rings of Uranus were discovered when dips in the brightness of a star were spotted before and after the body of the planet passed in front of it

March 11, 2011: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, killing around 18,500 people, wiping out entire towns and triggering a major nuclear emergency

PUBLISHED: 27/02/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty, Associated Press
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