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Amazing Facts - June 18

June 18 2008

June 18, 1583 was made the first ever documented life insurance. The deal was concluded in London, where Richard Martin, a life insurance Mr. William Gibson in the amount of 383 pounds. This amount should have received a Gibson family in the event of his sudden death.

June 18, 1782 in the Swiss town of Glarus, the last execution for witchcraft. Court's sentence for bogomerzkoe occupation "black magic" on the scaffold was sent Anna Holder. Later, it was estimated that XVI and XVII centuries. during the so-called "witch hunts in Europe were executed, at least 200,000 women.

18 June 1908 was launched the first Russian submarine - the Dolphin. "This submarine was built at the Baltic Shipyard in 1904, but after 2 years of submarines of this class was already 10. A new class of warship has proved itself a formidable force even in the Russian-Japanese war.

June 29, 1904, during a training dive in the Baltic Shipyard berth first Russian submarine "Dolphin" suddenly sank. Of the 37 crew members were rescued only 12 people. It was the first disaster on Russian submarines. Then the "Dolphin" was raised and restored.

Later, the boat took part in Russian-Japanese war in the Siberian Flotilla. "Dolphin" was in the order of the Russian Navy until 1917. 30-ies of XX century was a period of rapid construction of new undersea vessels. It was created 160 submarines. And to top World of the four fleet includes 212 submarines.

In 50 years, shipbuilders have gone even further - to the submarine appeared nuclear power plants, "And now for the Russian Navy established group of underwater nuclear cruisers with cruise missiles. These submarines could strike even aircraft carriers compound, protected by air defense systems.

Release prepared by Max K * - based on encyclopedias and other public sources.

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