Thursday, April 17, 2008

17th of April

Well I haven’t been assigned any work for the day, yippee. So it’s going to be a lazy day. Oh well might as well put up a post :D

And in headlines today:

The Olympic torch has reached New Delhi India

At least 44 people have been killed after a bus plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Gujarat

At least 22 people, including 5 Palestinian children, have died in Gaza's worst day of fighting since Israeli incursions in early March.

A Yemeni court has annulled an eight-year-old girl's marriage to a man in his 20s, after she filed for divorce.

Cleveland zoo researchers find rare giant turtle in Vietnam

Three days after stealing a rare collection of coins, a thief in Germany took them to the bank for safe keeping - and delivered them into the hands of the man he had robbed.

Let’s see what interesting things have happened in the past on this day.

1861 - American Civil War: Virginia secedes from the Union.

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.

1865 - Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

1924 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company.

1941 - World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.

1949- At midnight 26 counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland

1961 - Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair.

1969 - Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

1971 - People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.

1973 - Federal Express delivers its first package.

1975 - Cambodian Civil War ends: The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.

On the same note let us wish our very own spin wizard Muthiah Muralidaran a very happy birthday, who was born on a day like today back in 1972. He shares his birthday with the following famous people:

1734 - Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)

1837 - J.P. Morgan, American financier (d. 1913)

1894 - Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)

1929 - James Last, German band leader

1954 - Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler

1968 - Prince Maurits of the Netherlands

1972 - Jennifer Garner, American actress

1974 - Victoria Beckham, English singer

Today is also World Hemophilia Day.

Source is as usual Wikipedia. You can find the complete list here.

Cheers y’all


Dili said...

The coin thing: talk about home delivery LOL

Happy Birthday Murali!

Lady divine said...

I couldn't help but re-read the coins incident in Germany and smile..:)

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