On This Day On This Day | 19 May

On This Day | 19 May

On this day: 1743: Jean-Pierre Christin invents the Celsius thermometer 1919: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk sets off the Turkish War of Independence 1963: Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail is published Born on this day: 1913: Sanjiva Reddy, Indian politician, sixth President of India (1977-82), born in Illur, British India Read more…

On This Day On This Day | 18 May

On This Day | 18 May

On this day: 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte is appointed Emperor of the French 1918: Dutch Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia 1974: India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb 1980: Mount St. Helens erupts Born on this day: 1933: Deve Gowda, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1996-97), born Read more…

On This Day On This Day | 17 May

On This Day | 17 May

On this day:1756: Britain declares war on France (7 Years’ or French & Indian War) 1972: Germany ratifies the Treaty of Warsaw 1990: The WHO deletes homosexuality from its list of mental diseases Gone on this day: 1510: Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter

On This Day On This Day | 15 May

On This Day | 15 May

On this day:1718: The world’s first machine gun, called Puckle Gun, is patented by James Puckle 1928: The first Mickey Mouse film, Plane Crazy, is screened 1940: The first McDonald’s fast food restaurant opens Born on this day: 1817: Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer 1907: Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighter Read more…

On This Day On This Day | 14 May

On This Day | 14 May

On this day:1796: The first smallpox vaccination is administered by Edward Jenner 1948: Israel becomes an independent state 1955: The Warsaw Pact is established between eight communist bloc countries 1962: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan elected second President of India Born on this day: 1984: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook Gone on this Read more…

On This Day On This Day | 13 May

On This Day | 13 May

On this day:1952: Jawaharlal Nehru becomes prime minister of India 1952: The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting 1998: India carries out its fourth and fifth nuclear tests at Pokhran. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India. Born on Read more…

On This Day On This Day | 12 May

On This Day | 12 May

On this day:1459: Jodhpur, Sun City, founded by Rao Jodhpur in India 1941: The world’s first programmable, fully automatic computer Z3 is presented 1949: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, first foreign woman ambassador received in USA Born on this day: 1820: Florence Nightingale, Italian/English nurse 1895: Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Songs of Read more…

On This Day On This Day | 11 May

On This Day | 11 May

On this day: 868: The earliest surviving dated printed book, Diamond Sutra of Mahayana Buddhism, is produced in China 1998: India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device Born on this day: 1904: Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter 1918: Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate Gone Read more…

On This Day On This Day | 10 May

On This Day | 10 May

On this day:1857: Indian Sepoy Mutiny against rule by the British East India Company begins in Meerut 1994: Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa’s first black president 2000: India’s population reaches 1 billion. Delhi’s baby girl Aastha chosen as a symbolic billionth Gone on this day:1774: Louis XV of France