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What historical event happened on this day (11th May). Can you explain the clues? Also, well done to El-Guest who got the answer to This day in history VII.

A man of great mind
Bested by the first of its kind
It came from the people who think
And helped with financial modelling

After the deep
A new one they'd seek
And over 3 nights this machine
Wiped two champions clean

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This refers to

the chess computer Deep Blue beating chess world champion Garry Kasparov on 11 May 1997. See Wikipedia and Youtube.

A man of great mind

Chess World Champion Garry Kasparov.

Bested by the first of its kind

Deep Blue, the first chess computer to beat a reigning world champion.

It came from the people who think

Made by IBM whose slogan is THINK.

And helped with financial modelling

Did it? Or does this refer to IBM rather than Deep Blue specifically?

After the deep

Deep ... Blue.

A new one they'd seek
And over 3 nights this machine
Wiped two champions clean

Does this refer to Watson? Not sure.

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