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On March the 28th
2005 
A massive earthquake, measuring at magnitude 8.7, hit Indonesia, killing 1300 people.
2004 
British actor, Peter Ustinov, died at the age of 83 in Switzerland. He was an actor that had participated in some of the classic films of his time, such as Qvo Vadis and Spartacus, he is best remembered though for his portraying of the detective Hercule Poirot.
1990 
American athlete, Jesse Owens, was awarded the US congressional gold medal, 10 years after his death. He had taken part in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany where he won four gold medals, under the eyes of Adolf Hitler.
1985 
Russian painter, Marc Chagall, died at the age of 97 in France. He was one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.
1979 
The, Three Mile Island, nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, USA, suffered a reactor cooling system failure causing a partial nuclear meltdown. No lives were lost in the incident and the reactor was brought under control before reaching critical levels.
1970 
American actor, Vince Vaughn, was born in Minnesota, USA.
1964 
The first unsanctioned (pirate) radio station was established in England. The station broadcast its signal from a ship that was anchored off the coast of Southern England.
1953 
American athlete, Jim Thorpe, died of a heart attack at the age of 65. He is still considered today one of the most versatile athletes of all time, having won Olympic medals in decathlon and pentathlon, as well as playing professional football, basketball and baseball.
1948 
American actress, Dianne Wiest, was born in Missouri, USA. She became famous after staring in Woody Allen's film, Hannah and Her Sisters, in 1986, for which she won the academy award for best supporting actress.
1943 
Russian composer and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff, died in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 70. His music was banned in the Soviet Union for many years.
1939 
General, Francisco Franco, conquered Madrid during the Spanish civil war.
1930 
The cities of Constantinople and Angora are renamed to Istanbul and Ankara respectively.
1868 
Russian author, Maxim Gorky, was born in Novgorod, Russia. He was one of the most highly acclaimed literary figures of his time and friend of Vladimir Lenin. He was a controversial figure, supportive and yet critical of the Soviet Communist regime.
1854 
United Kingdom and France declare war on Russia marking the beginning of the War of the Crimean.
1472 
Italian, Renaissance artist, Fra Bartolommeo, was born in Florence, Italy.
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