1. 1988: The first night game held at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
2. 1963: The Great Train Robbery
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It was on this day in 1963 that one of the most famous heists in history takes place. Know to most as the Great Train Robbery, it was masterminded by a man named Bruce Reynolds. With the help of 14 other men, Reynolds used a fake red signal to stop the Royal Mail Train that was headed towards Glasgow, Scotland. After disabling the train conductor, the thieves dressed in ski masks and full face helmets proceeded to unload more than 120 mail bags into two Land Rovers and a British Army truck waiting for them. It was reported they got away with over $7 million in used bank notes making them incredibly hard to track. The vehicles had been stolen out of London, and interestingly to throw of Law enforcement the robbers apparently put identical license plates on each one. Although the heist was very well planned ans executed, most of the men were caught and all together received a total sentence of almost 300 years.
3. 1956: Deadly fire broke out in a Belgium mine leaving 262 casualties
Tragedy struck the town of Marcinelle, Belgium on this date in 1956 when a fire broke out in the Le Bois du Cazier coal mine, leaving more than 262 casualties. At the time Belgium was having a tough time finding workers, so they made a trade agreement with Italy where Italian workers would come work in the mine and in return Italy would get coal. This type of fire is somewhat common in a coal mine but due to poor safety standards this particular fires trapped all the workers as it quickly spread to all levels of the mine. It was two weeks before rescue workers could reach the miners but unfortunately there wasn’t any survivors. Of the 262 casualties, roughly half of them were workers on loan from Italy which cause Italian officials to immediately terminate the deal made with Belgium. Safety measures significantly improved in mines all over Europe due to the tragedy in Marcinelle.