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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, May 11………….

868 – The first known dated printed book was the Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture (pic credit-Fo Guang Shan Intl.).

1811 – The original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, were born of Chinese Diamond Sutraparents in Siam (Thailand). Upon immigrating in to the U.S., they adopted Bunker as their surname. They were joined at the waist and only after their death was it found that this could have been easily separated. The twins became United States citizens. On 13 Apr 1843, they married two sisters with whom they raised 10 children.

1857 – Indian war of independence. Indian revolutionaries seize Delhi from the British.

1928 – America’s first regularly scheduled TV broadcasts began.

First Freedom struggle1947 – The B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio, announced the development of a tubeless tyre.

1949 – The first Polaroid camera was sold for $89.95 in New York City.

1995 – In central Kashmir, militants burnt the Charar-e-Sherif shrine (the tomb of Sufi saint Sheikh Noorudin Noorani) built in 1460 by Zain-ul- Abidin.

1996 – The 1996 Mount Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest.

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.Pokhran Test 2

1998 – Three momentous events took place on the day that did India proud. Firstly, three underground nuclear tests at Pokhran Range in Rajasthan, which included a hydrogen bomb, were tested (National Technology Day); secondly, the successful test firing of the ‘Trishul Missile’ and thirdly, the maiden Certification test flight of ‘Hansa-3’, the first-all Composite indigenous two-seater aircraft.

1999 – Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: The Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence on four of the 26 accused, life imprisonment to three and acquitted the remaining 19 people.

2015 – Two art works set world records at a Christie’s auction in New York, with Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Women of Algiers Version O’ selling for $160 million and Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture ‘Pointing Man’ selling for $141.3 million.

2019 – Carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere hit levels not seen for 3 million years at 415 parts per Amrapurkarmillion, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii.


1950 – Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Marathi and Hindi film actor and singer, acted in about 300 films including Sadak, Ardh Satya, Ankhen, Khatarnak, Ishq etc.  (pic credit-Bollywood Life).

1970 – Pooja Bedi, presenter, model, actor. Daughter of famous actor Kabir Bedi. Films like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Vishkanya,  Nach Billiye, Khatron ke Khiladi,  Lootere, Comedy Couple Ek Anjane etc. .Pooja Bedi

1979 – Antara Mali. Talented actress who acted in Road Gayab, Naach, Main Madhuri Dixit Banana Chahti Hoon, Mr Ya Miss, Company etc.  Married to GQ magazine editor Che Kurien in June 2009 and left film career Won Stardust award in 2003 and nominated to Filmfare award.

Adah Sharma 11992 – Adah Sharma. Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil films  flameboyant actor, model. She acted in The Kerala Story, 1920, Commando 2.0, Bastar, Son of Satyamurthy etc. Nominated for best film awards twice.


2009 – Admiral Sardarilal Mathradas (SM)  Nanda, former Indian Navy Chief from Feb. 1970 to Feb. 1973.

Admiral SM NandaYou may have known….

276 tons of earth need to be mined to produce a single one-carat diamond.Raj Kadyan

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

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