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ON THIS DAY: March 23-29, 2014 (week 13) infographic

On this day March 23-29, 2014

03/11/2014
Graphic News

March 23-29, 2014 -- This week features a 255 year old tortoise, the Exxon Valdez, Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, peace treaty between Israel and Egypt ending 30 years of war, Joseph-Iignace Guillotin, Three Mile Island meltdown, and Ireland's ban on smoking in all public places.

March 23, 2006: A tortoise brought to India by the British in the 18th century died in a Calcutta zoo, aged about 255. The tortoise had been on show at the zoo since it opened in 1875

March 24, 1989: The Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Alaska, spilling some 64 million litres, or 11 million gallons, of oil into the pristine waters of Prince William Sound

March 25, 1949: Hamlet, directed by and starring Laurence Olivier, won five Oscars. Adapted from Shakespeare’s play, it was the first British film ever to win the award for Best Picture

March 26, 1979: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin signed a peace treaty at the White House ending 30 years of war between their two countries

March 27, 1814: French physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who proposed a mechanical device for beheading people, died. The guillotine was subsequently named after him


March 28, 1979: A partial meltdown in a nuclear reactor at the Three Mile Island power plant in Pennsylvania caused the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history

March 29, 2004: Ireland, renowned for its pub culture, became the world’s first country to impose a nationwide ban on smoking in public places, including all bars and restaurants


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