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On this day, May.20………

1609 – Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

1645 – Yangzhou massacre: the 10-day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing dynasty.

1677 – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won the fort of Jingi.

1830 – D. Hyde of Reading patented the fountain pen. However, it was 1884 before a truly practical fountain pen was invented by Lewis Waterman.

1873 – Jacob W Davis, received a U.S. patent on a rivet process for strengthening the pocket openings of canvas pants. He assigned the patent to himself and Levi Strauss, as his business partner. Jacob Davis was in charge of manufacturing when Levi Strauss & Co. opened its two San Francisco factories. Sometime during 1873, the first riveted clothing was made and sold.

1901 – Claude Grivolas in Paris patented a projector for three-dimensional (stereoscopic) movies viewed wearing spectacles with one red and one blue lens .

1940 – Inventor Igor Sikorsky demonstrated his helicopter invention to the public.

1974 – A U.S. patent was issued to Gustano A. Pizzoof New York, for his “Anti Hijacking System for Aircraft”. It described an electro-mechanical system immediately aft of the pilots cabin to trap airplane hijackers. When activated a hijacker is dropped by trap doors through the floor into a net bag in the belly area. The hijacker’s weight causes a draw cord to close the bag and also automatically open the airplane’s specially-installed bomb bay doors. The encapsulated hijacker is dropped and parachuted to earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival.

1976 – Oil production started from Bombay High.

1992 – India launches its 1st satellite independently.

1994 – Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old.

2015 – Archaeologists report on the findings in Kenya of stone tools over a half-million years older than known species of human ancestors, raising questions regarding human evolution and use of tools.


1399 – Saint Kabir.

1750 – Tipu Sultan, tiger of Mysore.

1900 – Sumitranandan Pant, poet and author.

1918 – Company Havildar Major Piru Singh. As part of 6 RAJ RIF, on 18 July 1948, tasked to capture Pakistani post at Tithwal (J&K), his Company suffered heavy casualties. In time, Singh successfully occupied a Pakistani medium machine-gun post. But, by that time, the entire company lay dead or wounded. Singh was left alone to achieve the objective. He moved out and lobbed grenades at the next enemy post. Before moving to another trench, he received a mortal bullet wound to the head. He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra.

1964 – P T Usha, famous athlete (sprinter).


1506 – Christopher Columbus.

1776 – Malharrao Holkar, founder of Indore.

1932 – Bipinchandra Ramchandra Pal, powerful journalist and revolutionary freedom fighter. He was amongst the trio which was known as “Lal – Bal – Pal” during the freedom struggle. He started a newspaper called “Swaraj” for the Indians in England. He also edited several other newspapers like “Tribune”, “New India”, “Vande Mataram”, “Hindu Review”.

2015 – Sudha Shivpuri, actor.

2019 – Google stops support for Huawei’s Android system in an escalation of the tech war between US and China.
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Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ of surprise when they run into each other.



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

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