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On this day, Aug 05…….
1861 – U.S. Army abolishes flogging. (In the 18th and 19th centuries, European armies administered floggings to common soldiers who committed breaches of the military code. During the American Revolutionary War, the American Congress raised the legal limit on lashes from 39 to 100 for soldiers who were convicted by courts-martial. Generally, officers were not flogged. However, in 1745, a cashiered British officer could have his sword broken over his head, among other indignities inflicted on him. Flogging was a common disciplinary measure in the British Royal Navy that became associated with a seaman’s manly disregard for pain. In the Napoleonic Wars, the maximum number of lashes that could be inflicted on soldiers in the British Army reached 1,200. One soldier was sentenced to 700 lashes for stealing a beehive).
1891 – 1st travellers checks issued, American Express.
1914 – A lighting ceremony was held for the first electric traffic lights used to control flow of different streams of traffic in Cleveland, Ohio. The traffic signals were red and green lights on street-corner poles, wired to a manually operated switch housed inside a control booth beside the road. The switch design prevented conflicting signals. A bell warned the drivers of colour changes. The installation by the American Traffic Signal Co. was modelled after a system patented by James Hoge. (The first traffic control light used a gas-lit lantern, in London, 10 Dec 1868).
1926 – 1st talkie movie “Don Juan” at Warner Theatre, New York.
1939 – In the first case to be brought under Prohibition laws, a railroad passenger was today convicted of possessing a bottle of brandy in Bombay.
1964 – U.S. begins bombing North Vietnam.
1975 – The RSS, Anand Marg, Jamat-i-Islami, and 23 other organisations were banned.
1981 – Jagjivan Ram heads breakaway Congress(U) and calls new party Congress (J).
1999 – Nisha Millet became the first Indian swimmer to receive the International Olympic Committee’s Solidarity Scholarship, given to sportspersons with outstanding track record and possessing Olympic potential.
2012 – Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide.
2015 – Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen
2017 – UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile programme.
2019 – Indian government announces it is changing the status of Kashmir from a state to a union territory, revoking Article 370 in response to security concerns.
Born….

1930 – Neil Armstrong, American astronaut who was the first man to walk on the moon (20 Jul 1969, Apollo 11).

1969 – Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Test pace bowler).
1974 – Kajol Mukherjea, Bollywood actor.
1987 – Genelia D’Souza, Bollywood actor.

RIP….

1950 – Gopinath Bardoloi, architect of modern Assam, freedom fighter and leader.
1991 – Soichiro Honda, Japanese engineer, race car driver and industrialist who founded the Honda Motor Company, motor cycle and car manufacturer (pic credit – In.thptnganamst.edu.vn.)
2000 – Lala Amarnath, prolific Indian opening batsman.
Titbits….

1926 – Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping.You may have known….
90 percent of wastewater in developing countries is discharged into rivers and streams without any treatment.

 

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