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June 11 – birth anniversary of Jacques Cousteau

The French explorer Jacques – Yves Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910. He invented the Aqualung diving apparatus, along with Emile Gagnan. Cousteau was introduced to Gagnan by his father, who worked for a company in Paris, specialising in compressed gases. Gagnan, an engineer, had been working on valve designs. Before the aqualung, divers used a diving suit and a helmet, which were heavy and required a hose that was attached to an air compressor on the land or a

June 9: Remembering the Picasso of India

Hailed as the ‘Picasso of India’ by the Forbes Magazine, Maqbool Fida Hussain or MF Hussain, breathed his last on June 9, 2011, at the age of 96. He was one of the most acclaimed artists both at the national and international level. After completing his schooling from Indore, he shifted to Mumbai and took admission in Sir J.J. School of Arts. He began his career as a painter of cinema hoardings. To earn extra money, he also worked for a

June 4 – this day in history

Right from destination weddings to air safaris, the hot air balloons have added fun, frolic and a lot of colours to our lives since their invention. The earliest recorded instance of a balloon carrying humans used hot air to produce buoyancy and was built by two brothers named Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France. Both of these brothers belonged to a family of paper manufacturers and got the idea when they had noticed ash rising in paper fires. The

June 1- this day in history

June 1, the 152nd day of the year, is a day that revolves around glamour. Say Happy Birthday to the woman whose rendition made it just so immemorial. Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker, a.k.a Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1 in 1926. June 1 is also the birthday of Indian actress Nargis (1929). Actor Morgan Freeman (1937), supermodel Heidi Klum (1973), singer-songwriter-actress Alanis Morisette (1974) and actor R Madhavan (1970) were also born on June 1. Since 2001, June 1 is

May 30 – this day in history

Let's have a look at some significant events that occurred in the past on May 30 • 1498 - Columbus departs with six ships for 3rd trip to America. • 1527 - University of Marburg (Germany) founded. • 1539 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida. • 1646 - Spain & Netherlands sign temporary cease-fire. • 1913 - New country of Albania, forms. • 1922 - The Lincoln Memorial built to honour Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States, is dedicated by Former

May 29 – this day in history

May 29 seems to have a lot of significance from a royal as well as political point of view. From annexations to coronations, history has witnessed significant upheavals on May 29. For instance, in 1453, Ottoman armies, commanded by Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captured Constantinople to mark the end of the Byzantine Empire after a 53-day siege. In 1660, Charles II was restored as the King of England, Ireland and Scotland. In 1727, Peter the Second became Czar of Russia on

May 28 – International Hamburger Day

May 28 is International Hamburger Day! Even though hamburgers originated in Hamburg, Germany, eating a burger on a bun is an American tradition. This type of fast food is an integral part of American culture and a staple part of the diet of Americans. There are also chances that the hamburger as we know it was invented in Seymour, Wisconsin. Every year, the city hosts a hamburger festival called Burger Fest. That is where the world's largest hamburger - weighing

May 23 – an iconic day for ISRO and India

May 23, 2016, will remain one of the most iconic days for technology in India. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully test launched the first ever Indian made space shuttle, the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV). The mission was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh. It is interesting to know that the biggest space organisation in the world, NASA has abandoned its reusable space shuttle project in 2011. The RLV-TD is described as "a very

May 19 – this day in history

There is something really interesting to note about May 19. If one looks through the annals of history, a large number of revolutionary figures were born on this day. For instance, Malcom X (born Malcolm Little in 1925 - the civil rights leader has been called the greatest African-American in history); Ho Chi Minh, the first president of Vietnam (born in 1890) and Nathuram Godse (born in 1910). May 19 is also the birthday of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkish marshal

May 12 – Mehrangarh Fort, citadel of Sun

Rao Jodha, the 15th Rathore ruler, laid the foundation of Mehrangarh Fort, on a rocky hill, six miles of Mandore on May 12, 1459. This new capital of the Rathore's today is one of the greatest forts of all times, surrounded by the beautiful city of Jodhpur. Standing tall and invincible, at a height of 120 metres, it inspires awe, inspiration and envy amongst all. To begin with, it was much, much smaller, the extremities of the original fortress fall within the