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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!

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On this day, June 25…..….

1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop. (Knives and spoons are ancient. But we’ve only been eating with forks for a few centuries. Knives are the descendants of sharpened hand axes – the oldest human tools. It is likely that the first spoons derived from whichever local objects were used to scoop up liquid. The word for spoon in both Latin and Greek derives from a snail shell while the Anglo-Saxon ‘spon’ means chip. The fork was commonly viewed with skepticism or even outright hostility. The fork’s image problem could be connected to its resemblance to the devil’s pitchfork, a word from which it derives its name).

1658 – 6th Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb arrested his father Shahjahan and put him in Agra Fort Jail.

1667 – 1st blood transfusion performed by French Doctor Jean-Baptiste Denys.

1867 – Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio, US. His simple idea that was an artificial “thorn hedge” consisting of wire with short metal spikes twisted on by hand at regular intervals. For prairie farmers and cattlemen natural fencing materials were scarce, so the invention met the need to keep their cattle safely away from crops. (Barbed wire prevented crop damage by cattle and improved agriculture. It also reduced the cost of fencing vis-à-vis wood, particularly in areas with limited woodlands).

1924 – Tuberculosis vaccine was developed by Prof Albert Calmette and Alphonse Guerin.

1932 – Commencement of India’s 1st cricket Test v England at Lord’s.

1951 – Advent of colour TV. At 4:35 pm, the Columbia Broadcasting System televised the one-hour premiere of commercial colour television with a program named Premiere.

1975 – President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed signed the declaration of Emergency Rule in India. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi implemented the same very next day.

1983 – India won the first-ever cricket World Cup.

2011 – According to a new study, the number of adults in the world with diabetes has doubled since 1980. (The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014. As in 2021, adults living with diabetes has tripled over the past 20 years. diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2016).

2019 – Mirazur on the French Riveria crowned the world’s best restaurant at ceremony in Singapore.

2021 – New species of ancient human announced after finding of massive fossilized skull – Homo longi “Dragon Man” from North East China.

2021 – New type of ancient human announced “Nesher Ramla Homo” lived 140,000-120,000 years ago, a possible ancestor of Neanderthals, uncovered in Ramla, Israel.

Born….

1900 – Louis Mountbatten, last British Viceroy and first Governor General of independent India.

1903 – George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair], British writer; born in Motihari, Bihar. (His novels Animal Farm and 1984 were epics).

1931 – Vishwanath Pratap Singh, former Prime Minister of India.

1951 – Satish Shah, actor.

1974 – Karisma Kapoor, actor.

1975 – Manoj Kumar Pandey, an Indian Army Captain of 1/11 Gorkha Rifles who was posthumously awarded India’s highest gallantry award ‎Param Vir Chakra in Kargil (image credit- StarsUnfolded)

RIP….

2009 – Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music.

Titbits….

1997 – Christies auctions off Princess Diana’s clothing for $5.5 million.

You may have known….

Unlike humans, cats can stay hydrated by drinking seawater.

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

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