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Mar 21, 2009

Rest In Peace, Natasha Richardson 

On This Day, 18th March '09, Natasha, 45, passed away after being taken off life support. Two days earlier in Quebec, the actress had suffered a head injury in a skiing accident: Natasha had fallen during a private ski lesson. Though she felt fine for a short time after, an hour later she complained of a severe headache. Natasha was taken to a hospital in Canada, then flown to a New York hospital the following day. There, friends and family held a vigil for her. Sadly, Natasha was declared brain dead and was then taken off life support. Natasha and husband Liam Neeson were married for 15 years and have two sons: Micheal 13 and Daniel 12. Natasha was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave (pictured).

Born on this day
1944 - Dick Smith, Australian Businessman, entrepreneur, aviator. 1982-83 first solo helicopter flight around world; 1986 Australian of the Year. Often controversial, Smith supported David Hicks, the Australian who was held in Guantanamo Bay for several years without being charged. The following is taken from an interview in Sept '08Dick Smith: I sent money to a trust account to David (Hicks)’s solicitor, David McLeod, in Adelaide. I think it must have got up to about $50,000. It was to support family members to visit David and for other purposes. The money also funded Geoffrey Robertson, the top international human rights lawyer, to travel to Washington. None of it went to David Hicks.
What have you learnt? I’ve learnt how fundamentally decent Australians are. That, even if you have a government and a media that’s running propaganda, in the end people will make a decision based on fairness. 
Dick Smith's love of practical jokes: "My favourite was towing the iceberg into Sydney Harbour. I wanted the publicity for Dick Smith I came up with the idea that I was going to tow an iceberg into Sydney Harbour, cut it up into icecubes and call them 'Dicksicles' and sell then for 10 cents each. The media actually fell for it."

Australian History
1910 - American escapologist, Harry Houdini,
makes Australia's first officially recorded controlled, powered flight of an aircraft. Top: Australian press pictures 19March1910  [more]

World History
1314 - Jacques de Molay
, the leader of the order of the Knights Templar, is executed. [more]

1990 - East Germany's first and only free elections were held on this day, signalling the end of the country's existence.[more]

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