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HISTORY: On this day March 18-24, 2018 (week 12) infographic

On this day March 18-24, 2018

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March 18-24, 2018 -- Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features Chuck Berry, the U.S.-led offensive to oust Saddam Hussein, the first non-stop circumnavigation of the world by balloon, Alcatraz, Dachau, Ebola and the flag of New Zealand

March 18, 2017: Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry died aged 90. He introduced musical elements and techniques that defined generations of rock music to follow

March 19, 2003: Operation Iraqi Freedom, the U.S.-led offensive to oust Saddam Hussein, began with a night raid by 40 Tomahawk missiles on the capital, Baghdad

March 20, 1999: Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first non-stop circumnavigation of the world by balloon, in their craft Breitling Orbiter 3

March 21, 1963: Alcatraz, a maximum security jail in San Francisco Bay which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed when the last 27 prisoners were transferred to other prisons

March 22, 1933: The first concentration camp in Nazi Germany was opened at an abandoned munitions factory at Dachau. Over 30,000 people were killed there in 12 years

March 23, 2014: What became the worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus was confirmed in West Africa. Over 11,000 people died, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

March 24, 2016: New Zealanders voted to retain their existing flag over a proposed design featuring the silver fern. More than two million people voted in the referendum

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28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.

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