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This week in Taiwan’s History

Feb. 23 to Feb. 28

By Tang Hsiang-yi  /  Staff reporter with CNA

Aviation

Far Eastern aircraft crashes

1969: Far Eastern Air Transport (遠東航空) Flight 104, a short-haul flight using a Handley Page Dart Herald passenger aircraft, crashes in what is today Greater Tainan during an emergency landing 10 minutes after taking off from the then-Kaohsiung City, killing all 36 people on board. Mechanical failure is believed to be the cause.

Culture

‘Life of Pi’ tops Oscars with four wins

2013: Ang Lee’s (李安) Life of Pi wins 4 Oscars, claiming awards for musical score, cinematography, visual effects and best director.

Animals

World’s oldest Asian elephant dies

2003: Lin Wang (林旺), the world’s oldest Asian elephant in captivity, dies of cardiopulmonary failure on Feb. 26 at the Taipei City Zoo at the age of 86. The ROC military acquired Lin Wang from Japanese prisoners of war in Myanmar during World War II. He was honored for carrying military supplies during the war. In the early 1950s, Lin Wang was retired to the Taipei Zoo, becoming a main attraction.

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