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Thursday, March 05

2003In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomb in the Haifa bus 37 massacre.
2001In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
1999Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
1988The Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
19846,000 miners in the United Kingdom begin their strike at Cortonwood Colliery.
1982The Soviet probe Venera 14 arrives at the planet Venus.
1979Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
1979America's Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.
1978The Landsat 3 is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
1975First meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club
Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh    Factoids
Studies show that mosquitoes prefer biting blondes to brunettes.

Mosquitoes    Factoids
The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

Blue Whale    Factoids
Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

Gold    Factoids
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