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Today’s Motto: ‘Growth starts when we begin to accept our own weakness.’

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 History!

On this day, June 12………….

1837 – British inventors William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone received a patent for their electromagnetic telegraph. Their invention was put in public service in 1839, five years before the more famous Morse telegraph.

1849 – The forerunner of modern gas masks is patented by Lewis Phectic Haslett of Louisville. His “inhaler or lung protector” design used woolen fabric (or other porous material) to filter dust and other material from the air.

1897 – The Swiss Army Knife was patented by Carl Elsener.

1906 – Sound movies were patented by John Ballance.

1913 – The first animated cartoon made in the U.S. by modern techniques was released. John Randolph Bray invented and patented the process, producing a movie called The Artist’s Dream in which a dog eats sausages until it explodes.

1964 — Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa.

1952 – J&K Assembly decided to terminate hereditary monarchy.

1965 – Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies known as blue galaxies.

1979 – The Gossamer Albatross flew across the English Channel, an airplane powered solely by human power.

1990 – Indian National Satellite (INSAT-1D) launched. This is an operational multi-purpose communication and 

meteorology satellite. Launched by US Delta launch vehicle, Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.

2014 – Tesla Motors announces that it will make hundreds of patents for its Model S electric cars open source; the company’s founder, Elon Musk, seeks to encourage development of the electric car market.

2018 – Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump – first time a North Korean leader and an incumbent US President have ever met. (photo credit-CNBC)

2019 – Earliest evidence of humans smoking cannabis discovered in 2,500-year-old grave in Pamir Mountains, China, published in “Science Advances”.

Born….1932 – E Sreedharan, engineer. Known as the “Metro Man”, he is credited for changing the face of public

transport in India with his leadership in building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro.

1932 – Padmini, actor and a Bharatanatyam dancer. Along with sisters, Ragini and Lalitha, the trio was together called the Travancore Sisters. Later, in 1977 she opened a school for classical dance in New Jersey in the basement of her house. Soon it spread, with five centres in New Jersey and New York. The Padmini School of Fine Arts was among the first major Indian classical dance schools in the United States.


1761 – Balaji Bajirao (Nanasaheb), third Peshwa, died after losing in the battle of Panipat. (12 or 23 June?).

1997 – Mihir Sen, long distance swimmer.

2003 – Gregory Peck, American actor


1935 – Senator Huey Long of Louisiana spoke continually for 15½ hours in Senate’s longest speech on record (150,000 words).

You may have known….
China chops down 20 million trees each year to make chopsticks.

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


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