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For the first time it happened one night as 0025316 and after forty-one years it flew over the earlier one as 0073486.

What was it when it broke the silence for the last time after sixteen years?

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    $\begingroup$ A well-constructed question. I like how the puzzle text helps confirm the solution after the fact (I didn't notice it until I re-read the question after finding the answer). $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Oct 31 '17 at 19:06
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It was

0102926: The Silence of the Lambs

The numbers in the question are

IMDB codes for movies:

0025316: It Happened One Night (1934)
0073486: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

The unique thing about these movies is that they won Academy Awards in all of the five major categories (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Adapted Screenplay).

To date, only one other film has done the same, 16 years after Cuckoo's Nest, in 1991: The Silence of the Lambs.

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    $\begingroup$ I knew it had something to do with OFOTCN! :-D Call it a hunch. I even looked up that book to see if it was part of a trilogy or something. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 31 '17 at 19:07
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Answer:

0102926

I see I have a different answer than @GentlePurpleRain, but for the same reason.

They are IMDB IDs of the three films that have won the Big Five Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay).

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It Happened One Night (1934)

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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