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On March the 17th
1992 
A suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The blast killed 29 people and injured more than 200.
1988 
A Colombian passenger jet crashed into the mountains near the Venezuelan border resulting in the death of all 143 people on board.
1964 
American actor, Rob Lowe, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He became famous at an early age after starring in several successful teen films of the 1980's, the most notable of which was the hit movie, St. Elmo's Fire.
1959 
The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was forced to flee to India after the army of the People's Republic of China occupied Tibet.
1956 
French physicist, Irene Joliot-Curie, died from leukaemia at the age of 58. She was the daughter of the famous scientists Marie and Pierre Curie. She developed leukaemia after an accident in one of her laboratories exposed her to the radioactive element polonium. Like her parents she was also the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which she shared with her husband, Frederic Joliot
1955 
American actor, Gary Sinise, was born in Blue Island, Illinois. He became an international star after starring in the blockbuster film, Forrest Gump, alongside fellow actor Tom Hanks.
1951 
American actor, Kurt Russell, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He became famous as playing mostly the anti-hero in such blockbuster successes as Escape from New York, The thing and Big Trouble in Little China. He is also known for his long time relationship with fellow actress Goldie Hawn.
1942 
American serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, was born in Chicago. He was one of the worst serial killers of modern times, who murdered more than 33 boys and was known as the killer clown because he would often entertain children in a clown suit and makeup. He was arrested in 1978 and was executed by lethal injection in 1994.
1938 
Russian dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, was born on a train near Irkutsk, while his mother was travelling across Siberia to Vladivostok. He is widely considered to have been the greatest male dancer of the 20th century.
1931 
The US state of Nevada legalized gambling. The legalization of gambling paved the way to the creation of the world's gambling capital, Las Vegas.
1919 
American singer, Nat King Cole, was born in Montgomery, Alabama. He was a very popular musician from the 1930's up until his death.
1902 
American golfer, Bobby Jones, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest golfers of the 20th century.
1891 
The British steamship, SS Utopia, sank off the coast of Gibraltar, resulting in the death of 574 people.
1853 
Austrian physician, Christian Doppler, died at the age of 50. His discoveries paved the way to the creation of the medical imaging and blood flow measurement instruments used in modern medicine.
1834 
German engineer, Gottlieb Daimler, was born in the town of Schorndorf. He was a pioneer of internal-combustion engines and automobile development. He was the co-founder of the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, one of the original companies that later formed the company that is now known as Daimler-Benz AG.
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