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Today’s Motto:  ‘Progress is seldom swift or easy.’

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 14………

1834 – The first U.S. patent for a practical underwater diving suit was issued to Leonard Norcross of Dixfield, Maine.

1834 – The first U.S. invention of sandpaper was covered by four patents issued on this date.

1881 – A patent was issued for his invention of a piano player to American John McTammany.

1913 – The South African Government pass the Immigration Act, which restricts the entry and free movement of Asians; it leads to widespread agitation and rioting by resident Indians, led by Gandhi.

1938 – Chlorophyll was patented as a “therapeutic agent for use in the treatment of infection” of the bloodstream, infected parts, and for open cuts and wounds.

1942 -1st bazooka rocket gun produced in Connecticut, US. (Bazooka is the common name for a man-portable recoilless anti-tank rocket launcher weapon. The innovative bazooka was among the first generation of rocket-propelled anti-tank weapons used in infantry combat).

1942 – Anne Frank begins her diary. (The Diary of Anne Frank is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended in 1944, and Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The diary was retrieved by Miep Gies, who gave it to Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the family’s only known survivor. The diary has since been published in more than 60 different languages; photo credit- IMDb).

1943 – Helicopter buses were proposed by Greyhound for large-scale public travel. Igor Sikorsky had mooted the idea. Greyhound Skyways began with a pair of four-place S-51 Sikorsky Helicopters, painted in blue-and-white with a greyhound logo. Within just a few years, it closed after facing the reality of being non-economic.

1944 – 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan.

1962 – Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim. (The Boston Strangler is a name given to the murderer {or murderers} of 13 women in the Boston area, US in the early 1960s. The crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo based on his confession, details revealed in court during a separate case and DNA evidence linking him to the last murder victim. Since then parties investigating the crimes have suggested that the murders were committed by more than one person).

1987 – Rajiv Gandhi, PM, rules out termination of Rs. 1700 crore Bofors gun deal.

1991 – Punjab was declared “disturbed area”; Army deployed.

2013 – Massive flooding occurs in northern India killing up to 10,000 people.

2013 – The US government charges NSA leaker Edward Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property.

2019 – Swiss women hold a national strike over the country’s slow pace towards equality.
2021 – Cristiano Ronaldo removes sponsors coke bottles from his press table at the European Championships, prompting the company share price to drop $4 billion.

Born….

1920 – Bharat Bhushan, veteran legendary actor (music track credit-Saregama Music)

1955 – Kirron Kher, actor, politician.

1960 – Shekhar Suman, comedian (pic credit-Prodip Guha, Getty Images)

1968 – Raj Thackeray, politician.

1969 – Steffi Graf, German tennis star who won 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

RIP….

2010 – Manohar Malgonkar, writer (photo credit-Frontlist)

Titbits….

1989 – Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested for slapping Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman. (She was a Hungarian-American actress who began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated to the United States in 1941 and became a sought-after actress with “European flair and style,” with a personality that “exuded charm and grace).

2022 – Last part of the world’s largest floating restaurant, the Jumbo Kingdom seafood restaurant, leaves Hong Kong after 46 years (sinks four days later near the Paracel islands – pic credit- Shutterstock).

You may have known….

‘Seigniorage’ is the word for profit earned by a government printing money in comparison to the cost of materials and labour.

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

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