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On this day, Jan.20…….

1265 – The first English parliament met in Westminster Hall.

1841 – The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. (It returned to Chinese control in July 1997).

1892 – The first official basketball game was played by students at the Springfield, YMCA, Massachusettes, Training School. (The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith to condition young athletes during the cold. The objective of the game was to throw the basketball into the fruit baskets nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony).

1885 – The first U.S. patent for a roller coasting structure was issued to La Marcus Thompson of New York.

1914 – The first group of Transvaal Indian women satyagrahis are released from Pietermaritzburg Prison in South Africa after three months imprisonment.

1929 – The movie “In Old Arizona”, the first full-length talking film to be filmed outdoors, was released.

1949 – Junagarh formally merged with Saurashtra.

1972 – Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura become states of Indian union. Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram became Union Territories. Assam’s North East Frontier Agency (Nefa) was renamed as Arunachal Pradesh territory.

1981 – Iran released 52 Americans that had been held hostage for 444 days.

1998 – American researchers announced they have cloned calves that may produce medicinal milk. This is a step towards the mass production of human drugs in animals. Their goal was to turn cows into drug factories, mass producing milk that contains human proteins important for treating human diseases. N

2010 – Scientists claim 2010 was the warmest year ever recorded, and the last decade the warmest ever recorded, in 200 years.


1871 – Sir Ratanji Jamshedji Tata, famous Indian industrialist.

1945 – Ajit Kumar Doval, Indian National Security Adviser.


1988 – Khan Abdul Gafar Khan, follower of Mahatma Gandhi, better known as Sarhadi Gandhi or Frointier Gandhi.

2005 – Praveen Babi, actor.

You may have known….

Tigers can use their saliva to disinfect wounds, as their saliva contains antiseptic materials.

(Jamshedji Tata image credit-, Junagarh image-Ankit Meena)                                                                                    

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

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