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On May the 15th
Vincent van Gogh's painting 'Portrait of Doctor Gachet' was sold for a record $82.5 million.
Amidst the arms race of the time, Britain detonated its first Hydrogen bomb over Christmas Island.
Greek armed forces landed on Smyrna of Asia Minor.
English actor, James Mason, was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. His career spanned almost 50 years of stardom and 2 continents as he was widely active in both American and British filmmaking.
French physicist, Pierre Curie, was born in Paris. He was a Nobel Prize winner and along with his wife Marie, he is considered as one of the most prominent scientists of the 20th century.
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