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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, July 13……

1836 – John Ruggles of Thomaston, Maine received patent for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines.

1837 – Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace.

1880 – Stephen D. Field of New York City was issued a U.S. patent for “propelling railway cars by electromagnetism”. When he first used it on a street car in an electric street car in 1874, his invention was the first electric streetcar to run successfully with current generated by a stationary dynamo.

1891 – The name neuron, with the meaning “nerve cell”, was coined for the first time in print, by W. Waldeyer in his paper published in this day’s issue of the German journal, Berliner Klin. Wochenschr (image credit – LITFL.com).

1919 – The first lighter-than-air transatlantic flight was completed.

1945 – The first atomic bomb arrived partly assembled at its test site in the New Mexico desert. By 15th, it was completed and set at the top of a tower waiting for the first atomic bomb test the next day. On Monday 16 Jul 1945, it was successfully exploded and the nuclear era began. (A mere 21 more days later, the world’s first deployed atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan).
1947 – India’s Independence Bill was moved in the British Parliament on 4th July 1947 which became an ‘act’ on 13th July 1947. Two Boundary Commissions under Sir Cyril Radcliff were appointed to demarcate the boundaries of Punjab and Bengal.

1963 – Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft.

1974 – India’s 1st one-day international; v England. (India lost the match; BP Patel scored 82, the highest for India. Solkar and Bedi had taken two wickets each).

1977 – A power failure blacked out New York. Starting at about 9 pm, four lightning strikes on high-voltage transmission lines within the course of about half-an-hour knocked out electricity and plunged millions of residents of New York City into darkness. Unlike the calm during a similar blackout in 1965, the 1977 blackout erupted in chaos. The city was already in the midst of a financial crisis and high unemployment. Responding to the tension of the times, mobs set fires, smashed windows and hauled away food, clothing and appliances. It took 25 hours to restore power to the entire city. About 4,500 people were arrested during the riots, which resulted in damage estimated at $61 million. (I recall an interesting comment in one of the news magazines on this occasion – “For many New Yorkers this was the first time they saw the moon”).

1998 – The Government is prevented from tabling the Women’s Reservation Bill.
2011 Mumbai is rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130.

2022 – Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to the Maldives just before leaving office amid nationwide protests and economic unrest.

Born….

100 BC – Julius Caesar, Roman military and political ruler of Italy.

RIP….

1990 – Boby Talyarkhan, famous sports critic and author(photo credit-Facebook)

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Raj Kadyan

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