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Today’s Motto: ‘If you are terrified of what’s next, you are on the right path’

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 12……..

1459 – Sun City India founded by Rao in Jodhpur. (The city is known as the “Sun City” for the bright and sunny weather it enjoys all the year round). Rao ruled the state between 1439 to  April 1489. (pic credit-Wikipedia)

1638 – Emperor Shah Jahan commissions construction of the Red Fort at Shahjahanabad, Mug Jodhpur forthal Empire (now Delhi).

1874 – The prolific black American inventor Elijah J. McCoy patented an ironing table.

1896 – American inventor C.B. Brooks was issued a U.S. patent for street sweepers.

1925 – A treaded pneumatic tyre was patented in the U.S. by Alden Putnam.

Shah Jahan1926 – The Italian-built airship Norge becomes the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.

1936 – The Dvorak typewriter keyboard was patented in the U.S. The efficiency experts August Dvorak and William Dealey studied the typewriter to determine that they could arrange the keys in a new way which would speed up the operators of the typewriter. They designed a keyboard to maximise efficiency by placing common letters on the home row, and make the stronger fingers of the hands do most of the work. By contrast, the original QWERTY layout was designed for the earlier, less efficient typewriters. Previously, speed would result in two type bars hitting each other in their travel, so the original keyboard was laid out to reduce collisions.

1941 – Konrad Zuse completed the world’s first fully-functional programmable computer (Turing-complete computer), his Z3 machine.

1949 – 1st foreign woman ambassador appointed  in U.S. (Smt Vijay Laxmi Pandit from India).

1987 – Britain’s HMS Hermes becomes Indian Navy’s second aircraft carrier named INS Viraat.

1995 – India refused to sign NPT in its present discriminatory form.Bill Clinton

1998 – Bill Clinton, US President, asks India to sign the CTBT.

2014 – The discovery of what was believed to be the world’s oldest seat of learning, the Library of Alexandria, was announced by Zahi Hawass, president of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. A Polish-Egyptian team had uncovered 13 lecture halls featuring an elevated podium for the lecturer. Such a complex of lecture halls had never before been found on any Mediterranean Greco-Roman site. (Alexandria may be regarded as the birthplace of western science, where Euclid discovered the rules of geometry, Eratosthenes measured the diameter of the Earth and Ptolemy wrote the Almagest, the most influential scientific alexandriabook about the nature of the Universe for 1,500 years).

2014 – Voters in Eastern Ukraine vote for self-rule in a referendum.

2020 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a $260 million economic rescue package, worth 10% of GDP.


Florence Nightingale

1820 – Florence Nightingale, English nurse and statistician, “The Lady With The Lamp,” who established modern nursing practice. Her contributions to public health included developing methods of applying and displaying statistics to demonstrate the need for improvements (pic from the Curious Rambler).

1930 – Admiral R. H. Tahiliyani, former Indian Navy Chief, from Dec. 1984 to Nov. 1987.

Adm TahliyaniRIP….

1984 – Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar, former Prince , educationist, banker, politician  and social reformer from Tamil Nadu. Was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1973.

Rajah Muthiah Chettiar

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Raj Kadyan


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

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