On this day:
1966: Indira Gandhi becomes India’s first female prime minister
1883: The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service in New Jersey

Born on this day:
1809: Edgar Allan Poe: American author, poet, known for writing the famous poem “The Raven”
1736: James Watt: Scottish Engineer, Known for making critical improvements in the steam engine thus transforming the industrial processes 

Gone on this day:
1905: Debendranath Tagore: Father of Rabindranath Tagore; Founder of Brahmo Samaj