On this day:

1937 Volkswagen (VW) is founded

1961 Amnesty International is founded

1963 Estimated 22,000 die in a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal (India)

1998 Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting many countries to impose economic sanctions.

Born on this day:

1883 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), born in Bhagur, India

1946 Satchidanandan, Indian poet

Gone on this day:

2014 Maya Angelou, American author, poet, actress, director


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