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On this day, Dec.22…….

1851 – The first freight train is operated in Roorkee.

1882 – The first string of electric lights decorating a Christmas tree was created for his home by Edward H. Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison. Previously, trees had been decorated with wax candles.

1939 – When Britain declared war against the Germans it appealed for help from all Indian political parties. Congress put up some conditions which in other words were the immediate transfer of power. The Viceroy promised to give due consideration to the suggestions of each party and that dominion status would be given after the war. Congress in order to pressurize the Govt boycotted all ministries and started a civil disobedience movement and eventually resigned. Jinnah declared 22nd Dec 1939 as “Day of Deliverance”.

1968 – The first U.S. live telecast from a manned spacecraft in outer space – 139,000 miles from earth – was transmitted at 3:01 p.m. from Apollo VIII. The earth appeared as a blurred ball of light.

1987 – U.S. scientists say a single gene may decide the sex of a baby.

2000 – Three Army Jawans die in an attack by a suicide squad of Lakshar-e-Taiba at the Red Fort in Delhi leading to a 45-minute gun-battle.

2013 – A security news site reports that the credit and debit card accounts stolen from 40 million Target Corporation customers are up for sale on the black market; cards are being sold from around $20 to more than $100 each.

2017 – UN Security Council votes 15 to 0 for additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country’s petrol imports by up to 90%.


1666 – Guru Gobind Singh.

1887 – Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who did notable work on hypergeometric series and continued fractions.

You may have known….

The moon-moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

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

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