On This Day | 02 February 2021

On this day:1943: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end as the Axis Powers surrenderGermany’s defeat marked a turning point in World War II.1848: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million Born on this day:1977: ShakiraColombian singer-songwriter, Read more…

On This Day | 01 February 2021

On this day:2003: Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates on its way back to EarthAll 7 astronauts (including India born Kalpana Chawla) were killed in the disaster.1979: Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exilemarking the beginning of the Iranian Revolution. Born on this day:1931: Boris YeltsinRussian politician, 1st President Read more…

On This Day | 31 January 2021

On this day:2011: Myanmar’s first elected parliament in half a century convenesThe event underlined a general move towards democracy in the country1865: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passedThe Amendment, which officially abolished slavery, was adopted on December 6, 1865. Born on this day:1975: Preity Zinta: Indian actress1981: Read more…

On This Day | 30 January 2021

On this day:1982: The first computer virus was released “into the wild”Elk Cloner was created by 15-year-old Richard Skrenta as a practical joke.1933: Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of GermanyThe “Machtergreifung” marked the end of the Weimar Republic and the beginning of the “Third Reich”.1948: Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Hindu extremist Read more…

On This Day | 28 January 2021

On this day:1986: The NASA Space Shuttle orbiter undertaking mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean.1958: The Lego brick is patentedThe Lego company has since produced 500 billion Read more…

On This Day | 27 January 2021

On this day:1967: U.S., U.K. and Soviet Union sign the Outer Space TreatyThe treaty bans the deployment of nuclear weapons in outer space and limits the use of the Moon to peaceful purposes1945: Soviet forces liberate Auschwitz (One of the largest concentration camps of NazisThe German Nazi regime murdered over Read more…

On This Day | 26 January 2021

On this day:1950: India became a republic. The Constitution of India came into effect that day.2001: A massive earthquake hit Gujarat, India. About 20,000 people died and over 160,000 people were injured. Born on this day:1958 Ellen DeGeneres: American comedian, actress, talk show host1880: Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. general who Read more…

On This Day | 25 January 2021

On this day:1971: Idi Amin seizes power in UgandaThe dictator’s rule (1971 – 1979) was characterized by human right abuse, political repression, and corruption.1919: The League of Nations is foundedIt was the predecessor of the United Nations and the first international organization devoted to maintaining world peace. Born on this Read more…