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Historical Events in February 1845

2,000-year-old Glass Treasure Shattered by a Drunk2,000-year-old Glass Treasure Shattered by a Drunk

Feb 7 The Portland Vase, thought to date to the 1st century BC is shattered into more than 80 pieces by a drunken visitor to the British Museum

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The priceless Portland Vase, restored and back on display in the British Museum
The priceless Portland Vase, restored and back on display in the British Museum
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  • Feb 15 William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, 1st uses 72 inch (183 cm) reflector