This Day in History

Today is Monday, March 18th, the 77th day of the year.There are 288 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1852,Henry Wells and William Fargo launched their shipping and banking company.The coast-to-coast express business was first called the American Express, but later changed to Wells Fargo.

In 1892,Lord Stanley proposed the idea of a silver cup challenge for hockey.The idea led to what is now known as the battle for the Stanley Cup.The original cup cost 50-dollars.

In 1931,Schick Incorporated displayed the first electric razor.

In 1954,R-K-O Pictures became the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual.Millionaire Howard Hughes bought the studio for more than 23-million dollars.

In 1965,Pillsbury introduced its Dough Boy.

In 1986,the United States Treasury Department announced it would begin weaving polyester threads into bills in an effort to combat counterfeiters.

In 1990, 12 paintings worth 100-million dollars were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.It was the largest robbery in the history of art.

In 2000, Taiwan ended more than a-half century of Nationalist Party rule, electing opposition leader Chen Shui-bian whose party favored Taiwan's formal independence from the rest of China.

In 2001, singer-songwriter John Phillips died at the age of 65.Phillips was the co-founder of the 1960s folk-pop band "The Mamas And The Papas."

In 2009, Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson died three days after suffering a head injury during a skiing lesson in Montreal.She was 45.

In 2016,wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan was awarded 115-million dollars by a Florida jury in his lawsuit against Gawker.com for posting part of a 2006 sex tape.

In 2016, the prime suspect in the deadly Paris terror attacks was arrested following a raid in Brussels.Salah Abdeslam had been on the run since the attacks in November that left more than 100 people dead.

In 2016, all 62 people who were on board a passenger jet flying from Dubai to Russia were killed in a crash.Officials say the Flydubai Boeing 737 airliner crashed attempting to land at the Rostov-on-Don airport during bad weather.

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