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1950

The daring Great Brinks Robbery is carried out in Boston

On this day in 1950 a team of 11 thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, steal more than $2 million from the Brinks Armoured Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. The Great Brinks Robbery, as it quickly became known, was nearly known as the ‘perfect crime’, but only days before the statute of limitations was set to expire on the crime, the culprits were finally caught. Tony Pi... Read more >

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1966

H-bomb lost in Spain

On January 17, 1966, citizens of the Spanish coastal village of Palomares suffer a portentous scare when two U.S. Air Force jets collide in the skies overhead. The mid-air crash of the B-52 bomber and a KC-135 refueling plane killed eight crew members and dropped three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs on the land and one in the sea. One thousand U.S. soldiers and experts were dispatched to clean up th... Read more >

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1945

Soviets capture Warsaw

On this day, Soviet troops liberate the Polish capital from German occupation. Warsaw was a battleground since the opening day of fighting in the European theater. Germany declared war by launching an air raid on September 1, 1939, and followed up with a siege that killed tens of thousands of Polish civilians and wreaked havoc on historic monuments. Deprived of electricity, water, and food, and... Read more >

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1972

Nixon threatens President Thieu

President Richard Nixon warns South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu in a private letter that his refusal to sign any negotiated peace agreement would render it impossible for the United States to continue assistance to South Vietnam. Nixon’s National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger had been working behind the scenes in secret negotiations with North Vietnamese representatives in Paris ... Read more >