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Today’s Motto: ‘The first step to getting the things you want out of life: decide what you want’.

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, July 11………..

1405 – Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time.

1832 – British Parliament finally rejected to remove the appeal of Hindus puritans against Sutee abolition.

1892 – US Patent Office says J W Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp.

1893 – The first cultured pearl is obtained by Kokichi Mikimoto, known as Pearl King.

1897 – Dr. Salomon August Andrée of Sweden lifted off in a balloon, the Eagle, which he had built himself. With two companions, he hoped to drift over the North Pole. Thus Andrée, the Swedish scientist and his aeronauts made the world’s first attempt by air to explore the Arctic. (Nothing was heard of them for 33 years. Then on 6 Aug 1930, Norwegian explorers found the remains of a balloonist, debris from the balloon itself, diaries and photos on White Island. Just two days after their launch, an emergency landing on ice had been made. They eventually met their end in the bitter cold on the island, still hundreds of kilometres from the North Pole).

1900 – Charlotte Cooper becomes the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport.

1908 – Emile Berliner (who invented the gramophone in 1887) in a trial of his first “test-rig” helicopter design, found it could potentially lift double its weight. Berliner recognized the versatility of a helicopter. The 36-hp rotary engine he developed with the Adams-Farwell Company was the first application in aviation of the rotary engine, and had a weight advantage).

1924 – Muslim-Hindu rebellion in Delhi.

1955 – US Congress authorizes all US currency to say “In God We Trust”.

1975 – Chinese archeologists announced the uncovering of a 3-acre burial mound concealing 6000 clay statues of warriors and their regalia dating from 221 to 206 BC. The “Terracotta Army” was uncovered near the ancient capital of Xian. (The 7,000 lifesize clay soldiers and horses were buried in pits in battle formation facing east to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The figures were modelled after the emperor’s real army, and each face is different. The buried wonder was found in 1974 in the course of digging a well).

1985 – Zippers for stitches were announced by Dr. H. Harlan used zippers instead of stitches on 28 patients, on whom he thought he might have to re-operate, because of internal bleeding following initial operations. The zippers which lasted between five and 14 days, were then replaced with permanent stitches. (Current types of surgical zipper are self-adhesive in application and can be applied to both outpatients and inpatients. Uncomplicated wound inspection is possible from the third postoperative day. However, it is possible earlier with manual support to either side of the wound).

2000 – The da Vinci robot surgical system was the first to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in gallbladder, gastroesophageal reflux, and gynecologic operations. A three- or four-armed robot, manipulates instruments with precise wrist-like dexterity, remotely controlled by the surgeon from a computer console. Instruments and cameras are guided through quite small openings in the body, which is much less invasive than previous methods, enabling earlier release from hospital and more rapid healing.

2006 – 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai (pic credit – AFP)

2018 – Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins.


1923 – Tuntun, film actress.

1960 – Kumar Gaurav, actor.

1953 – Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Indian politician and former minister for Railways.  


1957 – Aga Sultan Sir Muhammad, Aga Khan III, spiritual leader of Ismaeli Muhammedians. He was extremely rich, he once had himself weighed against a sack of diamonds belonging to him. He was one of the founders and the first president of the All-India Muslim League.

1979 – The U.S. space station, Skylab, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated. The falling debris killed a cow in Australia.

1988 – Boxer Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor.

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Raj Kadyan

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