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Today’s Motto: ‘Difficult roads often lead to scenic destinations’

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 history Book.

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

On this day, Jan. 18……….

1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston).

1911 – The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Lt. Eugene B. Ely brought his 50-hp Curtiss pusher biplane in for a safe landing on a 119-ft wooden platform attached the deck of the U.S.S. Pennsylvania in San KL SehgalFrancisco Harbour. (The previous year, on 14 Nov 1910 he first made a take off from a ship).

1919 – WW I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France. It was the meeting of the Allied victors, following the end of World War I to set the peace terms for the defeated Central Powers following the armistices of 1918. One of the major decisions was the creation of the League of Nations.

1950 – India is declared a secular republic. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said he was determined to abolish casteism and industrialize the nation. Constitution makes Hindi official national language, English to continue for 15 years, 14 major state languages are recognised. India also moved a motion for no war treaty between India and Pakistan to improve the relations with neighboring countries.

1962 – US begins spraying foliage pesticide in Vietnam to locate Viet Cong guerrillas.

1968 – The Resolution on Official Languages was passed by both the houses of the ParliamentAirbus wherein the need to formulate a more intensive and comprehensive programme for the progressive use of Hindi for Official purposes, formulating a programme for the co-ordinated development of the other languages included in the 8th schedule along with Hindi, adopting of a tri-lingual formula, making the knowledge of either Hindi or English compulsory for recruitment to the services of the Union, and inclusion of all the languages of the 8th schedule of the Constitution and English as the optional medium for the exams conducted by the union Public Service Commission at the appropriate time, has been stressed.

1995 – The 4-nation non-official initiative on Arms Reduction and Disarmament concludes with Goa Declaration (also called Shanghai-II)

Joseph Glidden

2005 – The world’s largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, is unveiled in France. It has capacity for 853 passengers in a single class or 644 in a two-tiered class. Production peaked at 30 per year in 2012 and 2014. However, Airbus announced that A380 production would end in 2021. The A380’s estimated $25 billion development cost was not recouped by the time Airbus ended production (pic credit-Wikipedia).

2018 – First drone rescue of swimmers by lifeguards in New South Wales, Australia.

Born….

1813 – Joseph Farwell Glidden, American inventor who was an Illinois farmer when he developed the design of the first commercial barbed wire.Kambli

1972 – Vinod Ganpat Kambli, prolific middle order batsman, scored first IDI century on his birthday (pic credit-X.com)

1985 – Minnisha Lamba, romantic Bollywood actor, acted in Bheja Fry, Kidnap, Bachna Ae Hasino etc. (pic credit- Facebook)  .

Minissha LambaRIP….

1936 – Rudyard Kipling, famous English poet, writer and author. A young journalist in British India. He wrote in verses, stories, novels children’s stories some of these were “The Jungle Book, Kim-1901 and Just-50 stories” and was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

1947 – Kundanlal Saigal, legendary film superstar and unique singer who played hero role Devdas, acted in Tansen, Puran Bhagat, Zindgi,  and Shah Jahan etc. in early cinema  (pic credit-The Print).NTR

1996 – NTR -(Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao), legendary Telugu cine star and chief minister of Andhra Pradesh (pic credit-IMDb).

2003 – Harivanshrai Bachchan, poet.

Titbits….

1644 – 1st UFO sighting in America, by perplexed pilgrims in Boston.

You may have known….

Pears are not served at Chinese weddings as the word peer sounds the same as ‘separation’ in Chinese.

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

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