This Day in History: Man with world’s strongest head, John Evans, balances 130 kg car shell on his head

The following are some of the major events to have occurred on March 14:

1932 – George Eastman, American photographic pioneer who founded the Kodak company, committed suicide.

1938 – Nikolai Bukharin, a leading Bolshevik, was executed after being found guilty of counter-revolutionary activities and espionage in one of the most famous Soviet show trials of the 1930s.

1945 – The heaviest bomb of World War Two, the 22,000-pound “Grand Slam”, was dropped by the British Dambuster Squadron on the Bielefeld railway viaduct in Germany.

1964 – Jack Ruby was found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

1991 – The “Birmingham Six”, Irishmen wrongly convicted of the 1974 bombing of pubs in Birmingham, England, by Irish republican guerrillas, were freed after 16 years in jail.

1998 – Man with world’s strongest head, John Evans, balances 130 kg car shell on his head.

2004 – Historic Moscow Manege fire.

2006 – Lennart-Georg Meri, Estonia’s first president after independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, died aged 86. He helped steer the Baltic state out of the Soviet Union towards membership of the European Union and NATO.

2007 – Maha Ghosananda, a Buddhist monk and Nobel peace prize nominee known as the “Gandhi of Cambodia”, died.

2008 – Protests in Tibet’s capital Lhasa.

2010 – French athlete Teddy Tamgho sets new world record in triple jump.


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