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On this day, August 25 ….

1609 – Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

1886 – 1st International polo meet, U.S. vs England.

1912 – 1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin. (A spin is a special category of stall resulting in autorotation about the vertical axis and a shallow, rotating, downward path).

1917 – The first significant step towards the Indianisation of the Army was initiated when seven selected Indians, serving in the Army, were granted King’s Commission in the Infantry and the Cavalry. Before the World War ended, two more Indians, who previously held temporary commissions, were granted King’s Commission.

1919 – 1st scheduled passenger service by airplane, Paris-London.

1920 – 1st U.S. woman (Ethelda Bleibtrey) to win in Olympics. (She was a competition swimmer, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder in multiple events).

1940 – 1st (British) night bombing of Germany (Berlin).

1943 – Lord Mountbatten appointed Supreme Allied Commander in SE Asia.

1948 – Jana Gana Mana to be the provisional National Anthem till Constituent Assembly made a final decision.

1958 – Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles.

1959 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister, declares in New Delhi that India will defend Bhutan and Sikkim if attacked by China.

1965 – Indian troops cross the Kashmir ceasefire line pursuing Pakistani infiltrators.

1973 – The first scan was made using CAT (Computer Assisted Tomography).

1990 – GOI announces formation of National Security Council headed by the Prime Minister.

1997 – Indian Cabinet approved the draft of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) which was to replace the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).

1996 – 194 pilgrims die of cold at the cave temples of Amarnath.

1999 – The oldest wild bat in Europe recorded to date was a 33-year-old male lesser mouse-eared bat according to a claim published in The Independent newspaper (London).

2009 – A new steam-powered car land speed was broken, for the first time in over a century. In two trials, Charles Burnett III reached 136 mph and 151 mph. The previous record was over a century old, set by Fred Marriott on 26 Jan 1906, in a Stanley Steamer racing car. Burnett drove a British-built car named Inspiration.

2012 – Voyager 1 spacecraft, becomes the 1st spacecraft to enter interstellar space (launched in 1977).

2017 – Indian spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is convicted of raping two of his followers in Panchkula.

2019 – NASA investigates possibly the 1st crime in space over astronaut Anne McClain illegally accessing bank a/c from space.

Born….

1919 – Bindeshwari Prasad Mandal, former Chief Minister of Bihar and President of Mandal Commission.

1930 – Sean Connery, actor (James Bond films).

RIP….

2012 – Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person on the Moon, dies at age 82 from heart surgery complications.

Titbits….

1940 – 1st parachute wedding. (The site of the 1st parachute wedding was the World’s Fair, New York City. “Reverend Homer Tomlinson of the Church of God, Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y., performed the marriage ceremony for Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward. The minister, the married couple, the best man, the maid of honour and 4 musicians were all suspended in parachutes).

You may have known….

A snail only mates once.

Good morning. Have a nice Day !

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

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