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On this day, January 01……….

1772 – 1st traveller’s checks issued (London).

1781 – The world’s first cast-iron bridge was opened for pedestrian and cart traffic, England.

1877 – England’s Queen Victoria proclaimed empress of India.

1881 – The Postal Order System was established. Money orders are the most economical way of sending money in India for small amounts).

1896 – German scientist, Wilhelm Röntgen announced his discovery of X-rays.

1906 – In British India, all the railway and telegraph clocks were put at Indian Standard Time. It was set as the meridian passing through Allahabad and was about 9 minutes faster than Madras time, and about 24 min slower than Calcutta time. (Calcutta and adjoining areas, until 1948, kept a separate time zone, Calcutta Local Mean Time).

1915 – Aspirin was made available for the first time in tablet form. The medicine had previously been sold in powder form from 1 May 1899.

1946 – ENIAC, the first U.S. computer was finished by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert. Though not the first ever computer, ENIAC is regarded as the first successful, general digital computer. It weighed over 27,000 kg and contained more than 18,000 vacuum tubes.

1948 – Orissa province accedes to India.

1949 – Under UN supervision, a negotiated Cease Fire Line was drawn up between India and Pakistan on an actual holding basis pending future settlements. This meandering, and at places militarily illogical line, ran some 700 kilometres from Chhamb in the South to a map reference point NJ 9842 in Ladakh in the North.

1966 – Effective on this day, all US cigarette packages began carrying the health warning: Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health.

1972 – Starting on 01 Jan, the world has been observing ‘International Year of….’ for different categories. Examples are: 1972-Book Year; 1975-Women’s; 1979-Child; 1980-Decade of Water & sanitation; 1980-Disabled; 1983-World Communications; 1985-Youth; 1986-Peace; 1987-Year of Shelter for Homeless; 1992-Space; 1994-Family; 1995-Tolerance; 1996-Elderly.

1976 – Broadcasting of Commercial advertisements on Indian TV stations started.

1988 – The Officers Training School Chennai was re-christened as Officers Training Academy.

1988 – Maharashtra became the first State to launch a public campaign against smoking.

1999 – The Euro currency is introduced.
2019 millions of women create a 300 mile ‘Women’s Wall’ across state of Kerala, in support of women’s access to temple of Sabarimala.


1894 – Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist and mathematician who collaborated with Albert Einstein to develop a theory of statistical quantum mechanics, now called Bose-Einstein statistics.

1950 – Deepa Mehta, film director.

1951 – Nana Patekar, actor.

1975 – Sonali Bendre, actor.

1978 – Vidya Balan, actor.


1944 – Sir Edwin Lutyens, the Builder of Rashtrapati Bhavan and England’s most outstanding architect of his time.

1966 – Bimal Roy, film maker and producer.

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


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