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HISTORY: On this day March 24-31, 2018 (week 13) infographic

On this day March 24-31, 2018

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March 25-31, 2018 -- Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, the vaccine for polio, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Rafael, Brexit, the glass pyramid at the Louvre, and architect Zaha Hadid.

March 25 1958: U.S. boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers in history, won the world middleweight title for an unprecedented fifth time

March 26, 1953: Jonas Salk, from the University of Pittsburgh, reported successful tests of his polio vaccine. The vaccine virtually ended the crippling viral disease

March 27, 1968: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was killed in a plane crash near Moscow. In 1961 he was the first human to fly into space, orbiting Earth in his Vostok spacecraft

March 28, 1483: Italian renaissance painter Raphael was born. His frescoes in the papal apartments of Pope Julius II in the Vatican are among his best known works

March 29, 2017: The United Kingdom invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on European Union, beginning the formal process of Brexit. Britain is due to leave in March 2019

March 30, 1989: President Mitterrand of France opened the new entrance of the Louvre Museum, a dramatic glass pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei

March 31, 2016: Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid, whose dramatic designs include the Guangzhou Opera House (pictured above) in China, died aged 65

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