On this day:

1947: King George VI signs Indian Independence Act

1968: Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer, is founded in California

1980: Rohini 1, the first Indian satellite, launches into orbit

Born on this day:

1811: William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), born in Kolkata

1918: Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, Nobel Prize laureate

Gone on this day:

1817: Jane Austen, English author of classics like Pride and Prejudice

2012: Rajesh Khanna, “First Superstar of Indian cinema,” dies from kidney problems

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