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On this day, 17 August….

1835 – The wrench was patented by Solymon Merrick of Springfield, Massachusetts.

1891 – The automobile electric self-starter was patented.

1891 – 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in New York City (People’s Bath).

1896 – The first pedestrian killed by a motor vehicle in Britain was Mrs. Bridget Driscoll. While on a terrace in the grounds of Crystal Palace, London, she was knocked down by a car travelling at 4 mph, and died minutes later of head injuries. (The first car-driver crash fatality in Britain occurred on 12 Feb 1898).

1947 – The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.

1970 – The first microwave link in India, which was set up without foreign assistance, was commissioned between Asansol, Dhanbad and Ranchi.

1978 – The first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by balloon was completed when three Americans, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman, landed their Double Eagle II in France.

1985 – Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections.

1998 – Indian Government issues a notification banning the use of quinacrine, a controversial female contraceptive and sterilization agent.

1998 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about his relationship.

1998 – Indian National Human Rights Commission recommends compulsory registration of marriages in a bid to check child marriages.

2015 – Discovery of 7,000-year-old mass grave in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict.

2019 – Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 63, with over 200 injured. The Islamic State claims responsibility.


1893 – Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong).

1932 – V.S. Naipaul, British novelist (Middle Passage).

1957 – Sachin, actor.



1909 – Madanlal Dhingra, famous revolutionary, was hanged at Paintanville Jail for assassinating Wyle and Lal Kaka.

You may have known….

Butterflies taste with their hind feet.

Good morning. Have a nice day.

{Compiled by Lt. Col. (R) Raj Kadyan}

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