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Motto for Today: ‘Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day……….

............Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.'

As each day is a new beginning in one’s life, it brings new opportunities, opens new avenues, to perform and make a mark, to write a Page in History Books

This is Your Day-TODAY: Take a Determined Step Forward and Make History! 

On this day, Jan.21……..

1790 – Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed the guillotine to the newly formed National Assembly of Paris as a “humane” method of execution. Three years later, in 1793, King Louis XVI of France was executed by guillotine, for treason. {Named after the originator, A guillotine is an apparatus designed for efficiently carrying out executions by beheading. The aim of

capital punishment was to end life and not to inflict pain. Designed during the French Revolution, the guillotine continued to be used long after the Revolution and remained France’s standard method of judicial execution until the abolition of capital punishment in 1981 (except certain crimes against the security of the State, or for the death sentences passed by military courts, which entailed execution by firing squad). (The first execution by guillotine was performed on highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier on 25 April 1792. The last person guillotined in France was Hamida Djandoubi, on 10 September 1977). Interestingly Dr Guillotin was opposed to the death penalty}.

1799 – Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination was introduced.

1853 – Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, US.

1880 – Construction of the first independent municipal sewage system in the U.S. began in Memphis.

1954 – The first atomic submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Connecticut. Because of the nuclear power plant, the Nautilus could stay submerged for months at a time, unlike diesel-fuelled subs, whose engines required vast amounts of oxygen.

1976 – Commercial supersonic passenger service began with two simultaneous Concorde jet airplane flights. With engines twice as powerful as those of normal jets, their 1,350 mph cruising speed was double the speed of sound (Mach 2.04), and halved air travel time, at a cruise altitude of 60,000 feet

1994 – India and Myanmar decide to open border trade.

2010 – Toyota announces recalls for approximately 5.2 million vehicles for a pedal entrapment and floor mat problem.


1986 – Sushant Singh Rajput, actor.

RIP….1945 – Shri Rashbehari Basu, great revolutionary, freedom fighter, social reformer and leader. (He sought Japanese help in fighting against the British and was instrumental in establishing the Indian National Army).

1965 – Geeta Bali, actor.

1983 – Admiral R. D. Katari, former Indian Navy Chief.

2005 – Parveen Babi, actor.

You may have known….

Thirteen people died in the after math of the ‘Great Whiskey Fire of Dublin’, not because of burns but of poisoning after drinking the whiskey flowing in the streets.

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

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