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On this day, Jan.23…

638 – Start of the Islamic Calendar.

1556 – Shaanxi Earthquake – deadliest ever recorded; kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China.

1897 – Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.

1909 – 1st radio rescue at sea.

1920 – Air transportation began in India by two Royal Air Force planes between Karachi and Bombay, and Air Mail service started.

1957 – V. K. Krishna Menon begins the longest ever speech at the UN on Kashmir- 8 hours over 2 days.

1960 – A specially constructed bathyscaphe {a manned submersible vessel}, the Trieste, descended 35,810 feet in the Pacific Ocean. This is the deepest point known to exist on earth. The Trieste cabin was a six-foot diameter steel capsule weighing 14 tons engineered by Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard to withstand the 16,000 lbs/ water pressure at that depth. Jacques Piccard {Auguste’s son} and Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh made the five-hour descent, setting a deep-diving record. Through their window, they saw a foot-long fish, and thus answered the question of biologists who long wondered whether life could exist at such depths of the ocean. The record has stood unchallenged since their historic dive.

1964 – The first animal to human heart transplant was made. The heart of a chimpanzee was transplanted into the chest of 68-year-old Boyd Rush to save his life as no human was heart available. Rush died after 90 minutes. (This was three years before Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant.

1978 – The motto “Shastra se Shakti” (Strength though arms) in Hindi written in Devnagiri script was approved by the President of India as the motto of the Army Ordnance Corps.

1978 – Climbers Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler became the first to summit Everest without the aid of oxygen. Messner described his feelings upon reaching the top like this: “I am nothing more than a single narrow gasping lung, floating over the mists and summits.”

1992 – India becomes ASEAN dialogue partner.

1997 – Statue of Subhash Bose unveiled inside Parliament House.

1997 – 50,000 miners in Orissa lose jobs as 57 mines are closed down.

2016 – 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun’s beard with inappropriate glue.

2018 – Chinese researchers report they have cloned two monkeys, using the same technology as Dolly the Sheep.


1897 – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, great nationalist leader and freedom fighter, was born at Cuttack. At the age of 23, he was ranked fourth in the I.C.S. Examination in London and fought against the British with his Azad Hind Fauj in the Second World War.

1915 – Kamal Nayan Bajaj, famous industrialist.

1927 – Balasaheb Thackrey, Shiv Sena chief.


1975 – Omeo Kumar Das, one of the great patriots of Assam, passed away at the age of 81. He selflessly worked for the tea plantation workers and made efforts to get them better living standards. He translated Gandhi Ji’s autobiography “My Experiments with Truth” in Assamese language.

You may have known….

When paper was made of pulped cotton, European paper mills used urine to break down the raw material.

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

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