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This week in history


1787: Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni debuts in Prague 1923: The Republic of Turkey was proclaimed under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk 1960: American boxing great Mohammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) wins first professional bout 1969: The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet 1971: Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden is born 1991: The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra, becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid 1998: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, returns to space at age 77 2004: European leaders signed the European Union’s first constitution


1811: English author Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is published anonymously 1925: John Logie Baird creates Britain’s first television transmitter 1938: Radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, starring Orson Welles, causes panic among listeners in America 1974: Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in the eighth round in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain his world heavyweight title 1976: Pakistan’s Majid Khan hammers a century off only 74 balls against New Zealand to become only the fourth man to make a hundred before lunch, on the first day of a Test 2000: First ODI played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium under flood lights between Pakistan and England


1926: Magician Harry Houdini dies 1956: Rear Admiral G J Dufek becomes the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole 1975: Indian musician Sachin Dev ‘SD’ Burman dies 1976: Pakistan’s Javed Miandad becomes youngest Test cricketer to score a double century 1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her two bodyguards 1987: India’s Chetan Sharma takes first hat-trick in World Cup Cricket


1512: Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were shown to the public for the first time 1604: William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is presented for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London 1611: William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest is presented for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London 1894: Nicholas II becomes the new Tsar of Russia after his father, Alexander III, dies 1922: The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, abdicates 1952: The United States test its first hydrogen bomb 1973: Indian actress Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan is born 1973: The Indian state of Mysore is renamed as Karnataka to represent all the regions within Karunadu 1989: Wasim Akram hits six off penultimate ball as Pakistan beat West Indies in final of Nehru Cup 1990: Nawaz Sharif becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan after winning the elections


1914: Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire 1929: Former President of Pakistan Rafiq Tarar is born 1936: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini proclaims the Rome-Berlin Axis, establishing the alliance of the Axis Powers 1936: The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service 1964: King Saud of Saudi Arabia is deposed by a family coup, and replaced by his half-brother King Faisal 1965: Indian actor Shahrukh Khan is born 1981: Pakistani cricketer Irfan Fazil is born


1905: Czar Nicholas II of Russia signs a document of amnesty for political prisoners 1957: The Soviet Union sends the first animal, a dog named Laika, into space aboard the Sputnik II. Laika dies in orbit 2004: Hamid Karzai is declared the winner in Afghanistan’s first presidential election 2007: President Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule across Pakistan; suspends the Constitution and fires the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court


1922: Howard Carter discovers the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt 1979: The American embassy in Tehran, Iran, is seized by militants; 90 Americans are taken hostage 2008: Democrat senator Barack Obama wins the presidential election; becoming the first African-American US president — OA

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qala khan kharoti
Nov 01, 2011 09:21pm
the most exciting in these historical events is the births of two well known indian stars who do not seem to be this much aged as the are. not doubt age is what you feel, it is not the matter of months or years. just imagine how old the king looks? no less than a college student!!!!!!!!!!!!