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Today’s Motto: ‘Quite a few of us are not living our dreams, because we are living our fears’

As Every 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 the history Book!

This is Your Day-TODAY: Take a Determined Step Forward and Make History! 

On this day, Dec.13……..

1809 – The first US ovariotomy (an abdominal surgical procedure for the removal of an ovarian tumour) was decided upon by Dr. Ephraim Ephraim McDowellMcDowell , the “Father of Ovariotomy.” He operated on Jane Todd Crawford to remove a 22-pound ovarian tumour – in an era that had no anaesthetic. She quickly recovered, and lived to be 78 (pic credit- Wikipedia).

1856 – Charles Dickens , as editor of Household Words, published an article (by another unnamed author) that commented on Henri Sainte-Claire Deville’s success in developing the first practical industrial process for producing aluminium, predicted: “Aluminium may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky-high into nothing.” (pic credit-Biography)

1920 – First U.S. measurement of the size of a fixed star was made on Betelgeuse, the bright red star in the right shoulder of Orion, which was found to be 260 million miles in diameter – 150 times greater than the Sun.Charles Dickens

1928 – Clip-on tie designed.

1962 – Relay I, the first U.S. communications earth satellite to transmit telephone, television, teleprinter and facsimile signals was launched.

1984 – The death toll in a toxic gas leak from an insecticide plant in Bhopal, now was estimated at 2,100, and tens of thousands of residents fled the city on this day after it was announced that the Union Carbide plant would be started up again to neutralise the effect.

1989 – Kashmiri militants release the daughter of Indian Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed as five of their comrades freed from prison.

1999 – The Government lodges protest with the Pakistani Rangers following the discovery of a tunnel near the Indo-Pak border.

Parliament attack2001 – Indian Parliament attacked by terrorists. 15 people killed, including all terrorists (pics credit-PIB and The Wire).
2003 – Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit, during Operation Red Dawn by US forces.Afzal Guru

2012 – Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute.

2017 – Online dictionary Merriam-Webster’s most searched word of the year is Feminism.

2021 – Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, named Time’s Person of the Year.


1960 – Daggubati Venkatesh, South Cinema actor.

1955 – Manohar Parrikar, veteran BJP politician of Goa, who was Defence Minister of India (2014-17)


1986 – Samita Patil, actor. (A brilliant actress known for her portrayal of strong female characters in Indian parallel cinema in the 1970s and 1980s, she had a lot more to offer art and cinema when her life was cut short at the tragically young age of 31).

You may have known….
Forty-eight-year old Jimmy de Frenne set the 2019 record for longest time sitting on a toilet – 116 hours.


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

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