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Motto for Today: ‘Leadership is not about being the loudest in the room.’

As each day makes a new beginning in life, it brings new opportunities, opens new avenues, to perform and make a mark, to write a Page in History Book!

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

On this day, May.22…….

1849 – Future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats over obstacles in a river, making him the only U.S. President to ever hold a patent.

1888 – Architect Leroy S. Buffington patented the system for building skyscrapers using a metal skeleton frame. Although Buffington claimed to be the originator of the metal skeleton frame that made building tall structures feasible, his claim to be the inventor of the skyscraper was refuted. However, using the designs created by Harvey Ellis, Buffington is credited with playing a pivotal role in refining the new method of construction. The invention of the skyscraper lies with George A. Fuller, who worked on solving the problems of the load-bearing capacities of tall buildings.

1892 – Dr. Washington Sheffield, a dentist in the USA, invented the collapsible metal toothpaste tube, which was later manufactured by his Sheffield Tube Corp. (The idea of collapsible metal tubes, however, dates back to a patent by American artist John Rand on 11 Sep 1841, but these packages were first commercially used for oil paints).

1894 – Black American inventor S. Newson was issued a patent for an “oil heater or cooker”.

1899 – Plain Dealer reporter Charles Shanks first used the French word “automobile”. (The word thereafter became accepted in the US).

1961 – Top Of The Needle restaurant in the Space Needle in Seattle, was dedicated. It was the first revolving restaurant in the US, 500 feet above the ground. A 14-foot ring next to the windows carrying 260 seats rotated 360 degrees in one hour (pic credit- GreekWire)

1963 – Rohini, Glider, became the first to successfully fly at Kanpur.

1973 – Robert Metcalfe wrote a memo describing a way to transmit data from the early generation of personal computers to a new device, the laser printer. He called his multipoint data communications system Ethernet, and today it continues to dominate as the standard computer network. (pic credit-Bill McCullough)

1989 – IRBM ‘Agni’ Missile launched successfully from Chandipur, Orissa.

1996 – United Front prime ministerial candidate H.D. Deve Gowda unanimously elected leader of the Front’s parliamentary party.

2004 – Dr Manmohan Singh becomes the 13th Prime Minister of India.

2010 – Air India Express Flight 812 crashes near Mangalore International Airport; eight passengers survive and 158 perish.

2012 – Yahoo! sells off its stake in Alibaba Group for $7.1 billion.

2015 – Ireland becomes 1st country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Born….

1772 – Ram Mohan Roy, philosopher, and reformer.

1859 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish author, and physician whose fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, emulates the scientist, diligently searching through

data and making sense of it. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” Later in life, he was a convert to spiritualism and requested burial in an upright position in the garden of his home.

1940 – EAS Prasanna, cricketer.

1959 – Mrs Mehbooba Mufti, politician.

RIP….

1545 – Sher Shah Suri. He was fatally wounded in an explosion on Kalanjara fort while preparing for an attack. {He introduced the new silver rupee-coin “Rupiya” based on the ratio of 40 copper coin pieces (paisa) per rupee and built several roads including the longest road in India known as Grand Trunk Road, which is one of Asia’s oldest and longest major roads.

(Photo credit-Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP)

It runs from Chittagong, Bangladesh west to Howrah, West Bengal in India, then across Northern India through Delhi to Amritsar. From there, the road continues towards Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan, finally terminating in Kabul, Afghanistan}.

You may have known….

The Atacama desert in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world. Average rainfall in this region is about 1 mm pe

r year. Some locations within the desert have never had any rainfall.

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

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