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This week in history

September 03, 2011



1783: The Treaty of Paris officially ends the Revolutionary War between the United States and Great Britain 1803: English scientist John Dalton begins using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements 1939: Great Britain and France declare war on Germany during World War II 1964: Pakistani pop singer Junaid Jamshed is born 1965: American actor Charlie Sheen is born 1976: Indian actor Vivek Oberoi is born 1976: The unmanned US spacecraft Viking II lands on Mars and takes the first pictures of the planet’s surface


1888: George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak, and receives a patent for his camera 1950: The comic strip Beetle Bailey makes its first newspaper appearance 1952: Indian actor Rishi Kapoor is born 1971: South African all-rounder Lance Klusener is born 1974: Pakistani cricketer Naved Ashraf is born 1998: Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University


1800: Napoleon surrenders Malta to Great Britain 1839: The First Opium War begins in China 1847: American outlaw Jesse James is born 1882: The first United States Labour Day parade is held in New York City 1927: The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon is released by Universal Pictures. 1960: Boxer Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) wins gold medal at the Olympic Games 1986: Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport 1997: Albanian-born missionary and humanitarian Mother Teresa dies


1492: Christopher Columbus sails from Canary Islands to cross the Atlantic for the first time 1965: India attacks Pakistan as the two countries engage in the War of 1965 1968: Pakistani cricketer Saeed Anwar is born 1975: Czech Tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for political asylum 1997: More than two billion people watch Princess Diana’s funeral on TV


1940: Nazi Germany begins its initial blitz on London during World War II 1979: The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut on cable TV 1984: Sri Lankan all-rounder Farveez Maharoof is born


1930: 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape 1933: Indian singer Asha Bhosle is born 1952: Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea is published 1966: Pakistani cricketer Ghulam Ali is born 1966: The first Star Trek series premieres on NBC 1968: The Beatles perform their last live TV performance on the David Frost show 2001: Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful becomes youngest man to score a Test century


1791: Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington 1828: Russian author Leo Tolstoy is born 1923: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, founds the Republican People’s Party 1956: Elvis Presley appears on television for the first time 1966: American actor and comedian Adam Sandler is born 1967: Indian actor Akshay Kumar is born 1976: Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong dies 1994: India’s Sachin Tendulkar scores his first century in his 78th One-Day match— OA