What a day @ 15 July


People who graced the earth this day: Maha Vir Chakra awardee Mohammad Usman who was also called “Lion of Nowshera” for his bravery in the 1947 conflict, generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art Rembrandt, father of Pure Tamil movement M Adigal, Maha Vir Chakra awardee N Kenguruse who laid down his life at 24 in the Kargil War, Kashmir Singh Katoch who was an Indian army officer and was the former military adviser to the Maharaja Hari Singh, Padma Shri Tulasi Munda who spearheaded tribal education in Odisha, former Director of IIM Ahmedabad Padma Shree Bakul Dholakia, Indian poet Sahilesh Lodha, womens’ voting activit Emmeline Pankhurst, astrophysicist Bell Burnell who co-discovered the first radio pulsars as a student in 1964, co-founder of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington, among others.

People who left us on this day: Anton Chekhov who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history, founder of Assam Tribune and considered as the “architect of modern Assam” Radha Govind Baruah, Lisa La Gioconda who was apparently the human behind Mona Lisa, Gianni Versace who was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, Canadian-born psychiatrist who created the theory of transactional analysis as a way of explaining human behavior Eric Berne, Nobel Prize winner in 1908 and famous for pioneering research in immunology Ilya Mechnikov, 1902 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for recognition of the extraordinary services he rendered towards sugar and purine syntheses Emil Fischer, American dentist who demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anaesthetic for the first time William T G Morton, Roger Revelle who was among the early scientists to study human linkage to global warming, American scientist Clarence Zener who first described the property concerning the breakdown of electrical insulators, Bulgarian scientist Stefan Marinov who is famous for his anti-relativistic stand, French lawyer Eugene Poubelle who introduce compulsory usage of waste containers, pioneer of the American motion picture industry William Selig, among others.

The Rosetta Stone was discovered by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard in the Egyptian village of Rosetta in 1799, Camillo Golgi discovered the transmission & reception network inside cells later called Golgi apparatus in 1898, Boeing Company was formed by William Boeing in 1916, first airport hotel opened in California in 1929, electrons accelerated for the first time using electromagnetic induction by Donald Kerst in 1940, Greenwich Observatory damaged by a bomb in WW II in 1944.

So many important things, what a day, what a day!

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