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As Everyday makes a new beginning in life, brings new opportunities, opens new avenues, to perform and make a mark, to write a Page in history Book; We bring out a new feature for our viewers, on historical importance of Each Day !

This is Your Day. TODAY: Take a Determined Step Forward and Make History !  

On this day, 27 July…

1586 – Potatoes were introduced to Britain by Sir Thomas Harriot, an English scientist and mathematician, according to one traditional—but doubtful—story

1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first tobacco to England from Virginia.

1823 – The Döbereiner lighter process was invented by Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner. He directed a fine jet of hydrogen over platinum powder in air. The platinum glowed white hot and ignited the hydrogen. Within two days, he incorporated this effect to make a useful lighter. (His lamp design was quickly taken up by manufacturers to replace flint and tinder for fire-starting. It remained in use for several decades, despite the invention of the safety match in 1848. Berzelius gave the term catalysis, in 1835, to the effect of the metal.

1866 – Cyrus W. Field finally succeeded, after two failures, in laying the first underwater telegraph cable 1,686 miles long across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.

1888 – The first U.S. electric automobile, designed by Philip W. Pratt, was demonstrated in Boston, a tricycle powered by six Electrical Accumulator Company cells, weighing 90 pounds.

1920 – Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation.

1921 – Insulin was isolated at Toronto University by Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best. It proved an effective treatment for diabetes.

1949 – The British De Havilland Comet, the world’s first jet-propelled airliner, made its maiden flight in England. (Before the time of the Comet. Today’s speed and comfort standards did not exist. Commercial transport used piston engines and most planes were akin to WW2 aircraft. Flying was made difficult by the bad weather of low cruising levels; the cruising speed was reduced, making long trips a tough and exhausting matter. The development of jet-engines in WW2 led to a new milestone in commercial air transport).

1982 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s first visit to the US in almost 11 years.

1949 – Agreement reached on the ceasefire line in Kashmir.

1994 – Indian Parliament votes to ban tests for determining the sex of an unborn child, as these tests have resulted in thousands of aborted female foetuses.

2017 – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly becomes world’s richest man at $91.4B USD, overtaking Bill Gates for half a day.

2021 – China tests a missile with a hypersonic weapon system, later called “very close” to a Sputnik moment by a US general.

Born….

1967 – Rahul Bose, actor.

1977 – Rinkie Khanna, actor.

RIP….

1972 – Charu Majumdar, father of Naxalite Movement; died in prison.

1992 – Amjad Khan, famous film actor.

You may have known….

Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale. The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.

Good morning. Have a nice day.

                                                                                                              {Compilation credits-Lt. Gen.Raj Kadyan (Retd)}

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