17th January
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1966 Hydrogen Bomb Lost In Spain

A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 jet tanker while trying to refuel flying over Spain's Mediterranean coast, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and one in the sea. During the cold war US planes constantly circled the globe. Around 36 such accidents were known to have occurred.

Over 500 claims for compensation were eventually settled with locals.

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1950 The Great Brinks Robbery

$2 million was stolen from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. 11 criminals were involved in what was almost the perfectly executed crime.

It fell apart when one of the thieves, Specs O'Keefe, threatened to talk. A hitman was sent to shut him up but he was only wounded. O'Keefe made a deal with police and 8 of the participants were caught and convicted. Most of the money was never found.

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Birthdays

1962 Jim Carrey
1949 Andy Kaufman
1942 Mohammed Ali
1934 Shari Lewis
1931 James Earl Jones
1928 Vidal Sassoon
1927 Eartha Kitt
1899 Al Capone
1884 Mack Sennett
1820 Anne Bronte

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1949 The first TV sitcom debuts - The Goldbergs
1977 The execution of Gary Gilmore - he murdered an elderly couple after they refused to lend him their car.

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