On this day:

1875: Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a British officer in Jabalpur, India

1983: India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket

Gone on this day:

1790: Benjamin Franklin, American politician, scientist, publisher

1975: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India 2014 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian author, journalist, Nobel Prize laureate