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On this day, Dec.17……….

1398 – Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies which include elephants.

1836 – The world’s first suburban railway opened in England. The London & Greenwich Railway ran with two tracks between Depford and London Bridge. The 878-arch viaduct remains in use today.

1903 – The first manned, powered, sustained and controlled airplane flights were achieved by the Wright brothers with The Flyer, a wood and fabric biplane. The biplane flew low over the ground for 120-ft, aloft for 12 secs. For the first time, a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the air in full flight, flown forward without reduction of speed and had finally landed at a point as high as that from which it started. Three more flights were made in the next few hours. The last one, with Wilbur Wright aboard, was the longest, covering 852-ft (260-m) in 59 secs. The wind then upset The Flyer, damaged it, and it never flew again.

1919 – Albert Porta, an expert seismographer and meteorologist predicted that a conjunction of six planets on this date would spell the end of the world. The alignment of planets would cause a magnetic current which would pierce the sun and thereby engulf the earth in flames. As the date approached suicides and hysteria were reported throughout the world.

1924 – 1st U.S. diesel electric locomotive enters service, New York.

1929 – Bhagat Singh and Rajguru killed Sanders, Asst. Superintendent of Police.

1961 – India seizes Goa and 2 other Portuguese colonies. (Provocative action against our nationals in the vicinity of Anjadip Island and Portugal’s belligerent attitude to the problems of its colonial possessions in this country resulted in the Government of India’s decision to liberate Goa, Daman and Diu).

1971 – Cease fire between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

1972 – New line of control (LoC) agreed to in Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

2012 – Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world’s oldest verified man at 116 years old.

2014 – Sony Pictures cancelled release of its movie “The Interview” after hacking attacks and threats thought to be ordered by the North Korean government; the movie was reportedly a comedy depicting an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

2019 – Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death in absentia for high treason.


1946 – Suresh Oberoi, Bollywood actor.

1972 – John Abraham, Bollywood actor.

You may have known….Chocolates can sicken, and even kill dogs.                                                               (image credit-SoraNews24)

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


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