On this day:

1981 India’s APPLE satellite, 1st to be stabilized on 3 axes, launched

1978 Jim Davis’ famous comic character Garfield makes his debut

Born on this day:

1947 Salman Rushdie, British-Indian novelist, author of Midnight’s Children, Satanic Verses

Gone on this day:

1949 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian-Pakistani Prominent Muslim philosopher, dies at 64

2009 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 87