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Today’s Motto: ‘Everything you want is on the other side of fear’

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,  Apr. 14…….

1611 – The word “telescope” was first used in public by Prince Federico Cesi at a banquet held to honour Galileo, on a grand hillside estate. Although the name was announced by Cesi to christen Galileo’s instrument, the word telescopio (in Italian) was perhaps devised from Greek words, by a Greek poet-theologian, whoShikoh happened to be present.

1659 – Aurangzeb defeated his brother Dara Shukoh to capture the throne of Delhi. (pic credit-BoldSky)

1863 – The first U.S. patent for a continuous-roll printing press was issued to William Bullock.

1865 – President Lincoln  (16th US Prez) is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. He died the next day (pic credit-Wikipedia).

1912 – David Sarnoff, 21-year old telegraph operator, picked up a message of distress call of the Titanic relayed Lincolnfrom ships at sea: “S.S. Titanic ran into iceberg, sinking fast.” He stayed at his post for 72 hours, receiving and transmitting the first authentic information on the disaster. (The RMS Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 on Sunday 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history).

1914 – The first U.S. patent for a non-skid tyre pattern was issued to Stacy G. Carkhuff of the Firestone Rubber Co. of Akron Ohio.

1956 – The first practical commercial black-and-white video recorder was demonstrated in Chicago. It was the size of a deep-freeze with an additional five 6-foot racks of circuitry. (One reel of tape cost $300, and a recorder cost about $75,000 to $100,000, about a half a million dollars today).

2014 – The Netherlands introduced glowing paint in the dark road markings on a small stretch of highway in the country to test the concept. The markings are made with a glow in the dark paint that charges during the day and glows at night. It was done as an effort to replace streetlights and save energy in the country.

2015 – Archaeologists announce they have found at Lomekwi in Kenya 3.3 million-year old stone tools, the oldest ever discovered and which pre-date the earliest humans.

2018 – National Gardening Day, since 2018.Ambedkar

2022 – Russian ship Moskva, flagship of its Black Sea fleet, sinks in the Black Sea during the invasion of Ukraine amid conflicting accounts.

Born….

1891 – B. R. Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who also  inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement after resigning from ruling Congress Party and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour. In recognition of his efforts, he was appointed the first Law Minister of independent India. He was also given Bharat Ratna in 2017.(pic credit-Wikipedia)

1919 – Shamshad Begum, singer. Born in Amritsar she was one of the first playback singers in the Hindi film industry. She sang  many  memrable songs for Bollywood films including Mother India, Baiju Bawra, Awara, Shree 420,  Patanga,  Shamshad Babul, Kismat etc.   industry. She married a Hindu Ganpat Lal Batto inspite of opposition from family  (at 15). She was awarded Padam Bhushan in 2009. (film video credit-Shemaroo)

1941 – Julie Christie, actress (Dr Zhivago), was born in Assam. Also known for her roles in Darling, Heaven Can Wait, Far From the Maddling Crowd, Don’t Look Now etc. She won  Academy, Golden Globe and several other awards. 

Titbits….

2011 – Rejean Hinse, a Quebec man wrongly convicted of a crime in the 1960s and acquitted 30 years later, receives $13.1 million in compensation.

Raj KadyanYou may have known….                                                                                                                                                                  The first spy satellites used film that had to be recovered and developed back on earth.

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

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