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Today’s Motto: ‘When you let go of what you are, you become what you might be’.

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 17……..

709 BC – The earliest record of a confirmed total solar eclipse was written in China. From: Ch’un-ch’iu, book I: “Duke Huan, 3rd year, 7th month, day jen-ch’en, the first day (of the month). The Sun was eclipsed and it was total.” This is the earliest direct allusion to a complete obscuration of the Sun in any civilisation.

180 – Six inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.

1790 – Thomas Saint, a London cabinet maker, patented possibly the first sewing machine, fitted with an awl that makes a hole in leather and allows a needle to pass through it. This machine made a chain stitch with a tambour-type needle to produce a mechanical crochet or chain stitch.

1841 – British humour magazine “Punch” 1st published (image credit -Etsy).

I902 – Willis Haviland Carrier completed drawings for what came to be recognised as the world’s first scientific air conditioning system.

1948 – Indian Govt. announced that all discriminations against women in matter of employment will be done away with and in future, women will be eligible for any public service including administrative service and police service.

1955 – The American town of Arco, Idaho, became the first community in the world to have all its electrical needs provided by nuclear power. During the one-hour test, the town was cut off from all other sources of electrical power.

1996 – Madras to be known as ‘Chennai’ henceforth.

2014 – Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 is hit by a missile while flying over eastern Ukraine, the location of heavy fighting by pro-Russian separatists. All 298 people aboard the plane were killed in the attack.

2018 – Oldest evidence of bread, made from wild grains, discovered by archaeologists in 14,000 year-old dig in the Black Desert, Jordon.

2019 – Streaming service Netflix reaches 150 million subscribers worldwide, but with slower growth than forecast.


1959 – Zarina Wahab, Bollywood actor from Hyderabad (image credit- Pinterest).


2013 – In an effort to curb obesity rates, the United Arab Emirates offers its citizens one gram of gold for every kilogram of weight they lose.

You may have known….
While awake, your brain produces enough electricity to light a lightbulb.

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

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