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HISTORY: On this day February 4-10, 2018 (week 06) infographic

On this day February 4-10, 2018

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February 4-10, 2018 -- Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.This week features Sri Lanka, Super Bowl, the Munich plane crash, Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, Gregor Mendel, the Moulin Rouge and the Namdaemun Gate in Seoul

February 4, 1948: Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, became an independent state within the British Commonwealth

February 5, 2017: The New England Patriots produced the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime and claim a fifth title

February 6, 1958: Eight Manchester United footballers were among 23 people killed in a plane crash in Munich as they returned from a European Cup match in Belgrade

February 7,2010: Laura Chinchilla was the first woman to be elected President of Costa Rica. A protege of outgoing president Oscar Arias, her term in office ended in 2014

February 8, 1865: Gregor Mendel, botanist and monk who pioneered the laws of genetics, read his first scientific paper describing his studies of pea plants

February 9, 1893: An artist’s model named Mona performed the first striptease at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, to entertain students at the Bal des Quat’zArts

February 10, 2008: The 14th century Namdaemun Gate in Seoul was destroyed by fire. A National Treasure of South Korea, the monument was restored and reopened in 2013

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