On this day: the MV Plassy wrecks

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In 1962

The Irish steam trawler MV Plassy hit severe weather and ran onto Finnis Rock, Inisheer in the Aran Islands on the 8th of March, 1960.

She was carrying whiskey, yarn and stained glass at the time.

Shortly after the storm that caused the wreck, a second storm drove the trawler all the way up onto land, where she still is.

Today, the Plassy is a tourist attraction.

On this day: Svetlana Alliluyeva defects

On the 6th of March, 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, approached the US embassy in New Delhi and asked for political asylum.

She is seen below arriving in the United States the following month.

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On this day: the birth of Aleksandr Shaparenko

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Ukrainian sprint canoeist Aleksandr Shaparenko was born in Stepanivka on the 16th of February, 1946.

Competing for the Soviet Union, he won Olympic gold in 1968 and 1972, as well as a silver in the 1968 Games.

Shaparenko also won thirteen World Championship medals, including the gold seven times.

On this day: the plane crash that killed an entire sporting team

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On the 15th of February, 1961 the plane transporting the entire US figure skating team to the World Championships crashed in Belgium, killing everyone on board.

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Two days earlier, national ladies’ champion Laurence Owen, aged sixteen, had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. There is a common myth that appearing on the cover of the magazine curses athletes, as she is not the only person to have something terrible happen soon afterwards.

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The Owen family. X

Owen’s sister Maribel, also a member of the team, and her mother, a coach and former champion herself, were also on the flight.

In addition to the seventy-two people on the plane, a farmer was also killed by flying debris.

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The team boards the plane the day before the crash. X

Once news of the crash got out, the Championships, scheduled to be held in Prague, were cancelled to honour the victims.