On this day: October 29

Published On: Oct 28 2012 10:43:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Red Cross is formed, the New York Stock Exchange crashes on "Black Tuesday," Cassius Clay fights for the first time, John Glenn returns to space, and Sandy slams the East Coast, all on this day.

OTD October 29 - Star of India Gem
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1964: In the biggest jewel heist in American history, a collection of irreplaceable gems valued at more than $400,000, including the 563.35 carat Star of India sapphire, the Midnight Star, the DeLong Star Ruby and the Eagle Diamond, is stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The notorious cat burglar, smuggler and one-time surfing champion Jack Murphy, also known as "Murph the Surf," and both of his accomplices, Alan Kuhn and Roger Clark, would be arrested two days later and later received three-year sentences. Some months later, the uninsured Star of India was recovered in a locker in a Miami bus station. While most of the other gems would also be found, the Eagle Diamond was never seen again.

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