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The Crime:
The Brinks Job
The Great Train Robbery
Northampton Heist
Location:
Boston, Mass
London, England
Northampton, Mass
Year:
1950
1963
1876
$$ Taken:
$2.8 Million
$3.7 Million (2.6 Million Pounds)
$1.6 Million
*Today's Value:
$20.7 Million
$21.8 Million
$26.4 Million

*Source: Economic History Services

FACT: The biggest individual loss in the Northampton heist was to that of Judge Forbes
(founder of Northampton's Forbes Library). Total Loss: $200,000. Today's Value: $3.3 Million.
At the time, he was asleep in the second floor apartment of the building!

Other Notables From 1876:

  • Average daily salary of an American in 1876 was $1.21
  • January 3 - 1st Free kindergarten is opened in America - Florence, Massachusetts
  • February 17 - Sardines are first canned (Eastport, Maine)
  • March 10 - 1st phone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson
  • April 11 - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized
  • May 10 - Centennial Exhibition opens in Philadelphia: "A Celebration of 100 years of American Culture and Industry". Exhibition drew almost 9 million visitors - population of entire country was 46 million
  • June 21 - Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Mexican General (took Alamo), dies at 82
  • June 25 - Battle of Little Big Horn - George Armstrong Custer dies along with 265 men of his militia
  • August 1 - Colorado becomes 38th State
  • August 8 - Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph
  • September 9 - American Horse, Sioux Chief, dies in battle
  • October 6 - American Library Association was Founded
  • November 7 - Edward Bouchet, 1st black man to receive a PhD in a US College (Yale)
  • November 23 - Harvard, Princeton and Columbia form the Intercollegiate Football Association
  • December 6 - US Electoral College pick Republican Rutherford B. Hayes as President ( though Tilden won the popular vote)
  • December 6 - 1st crematorium begins operation in the United States
  • December 20 - Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US

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