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On this day in history - March12-18 2017 (week 11)

By Fiona Roberts

March 12, 2017 - March 18, 2017 - This week features the destruction of two giant status of Buddha almost 2,000 years old by the Taliban,the last issue of the newspaper Pravda, the recognition of the Sunda clouded leopard as a separate soecuaks grin its rekatuve on the mainland of Southeast Asia, the first blood bank, the use of carbolic acid solution by Joseph Lister to reduce gangrene, the birth of the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the deal between Turkey and the EU to curb the tide of migrants heading for Europe.

March 12, 2001: Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers confirmed they had blown up two giant statues of Buddha in Bamiyan province that were almost 2,000 years old

March 13, 1992: Pravda, the newspaper founded by Lenin in 1912, published its final issue after Russian President Boris Yeltsin shut down the Communist Party

March 14, 2007: The Sunda clouded leopard, found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, was classified as a species separate from its relative on mainland Southeast Asia

March 15, 1937: The first central blood bank, to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration, was set up at Cook County Hospital in Chicago by Hungarian doctor Bernard Fantus

March 16, 1867: Joseph Lister, pioneer of antiseptic surgery, reported that carbolic acid solution swabbed on wounds greatly reduced cases of gangrene and mortality rates

March 17, 1938: Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was born. He defected to the West in 1961, where he formed a celebrated partnership with Margot Fonteyn

March 18, 2016: Turkey reached a deal with the European Union to curb the tide of migrants heading for Greece, and take back migrants who were not eligible for asylum

PUBLISHED: 07/03/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty, Associated Press