Today in History – 2 May

today in history 2 may

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Patriot Elias Boudinot was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Boudinot had served in numerous positions during the War for Independence, culminating in his role as the president of the Continental Congress from 1782 to1783. As the  President, he signed the Treaty of Paris

1769

Sir John Malcom, former Governor of Mumbai and historian, was born.

1908

R0iots had broken out in Rawalpindi and East Bengal, spreading to the Punjab.

1921

Satyajeet Ray, world famous film director and a short story writer, was born in a family of artists. In 1989, he was awarded highest honour of France ”Legion d Honeur”.

1926

Hindu women gain right to seek elected office.

1930

Riots broke out in Amritsar.

1953

Declaration by the PM that India was opposed to joining any power-block in the event of another war.

1953

40 persons were reported to lose their lives today in the first crash of a jet airliner in commercial service. The jetliner, a British-built Comet, plunged to earth in a violent storm just a few minutes after taking off from Calcutta. It was carrying a party of rubber and tin operators from Malaya to England. There were no survivors. Two Comets had crashed before, one in October 1952 and one in March 1953, but neither was carrying passengers.

1954

Ceylon Asian conference ends with plea for peace in Indo-China, end of atomic tests and condemnation of colonialism.

1968

Lok Sabha passed the Public Providend Fund Act.

1981

Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar, the architect of modern Himachal Pradesh and an energetic Chief Minister, passed away.

2011

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, was killed by U.S. forces during a raid in his  hideout in Pakistan. The notorious 54-year-old leader of Al Qaeda, the terrorist network of Islamic extremism, had been the target of a nearly a decade-long international manhunt.

Today’s Word:

Enchantment – Delight, Magic, Pleasure

Encomium – Praise, compliment

Empiric – Experimental, Tentative

Emporium – Market, shop, Store

Empyreal – Airy, Sublime

Encrust – Coat, Plaster

Fathomless – Deep, Profound

Fatigue – Tire, weary

Mercid – Thin, Lean, Feeble

Marrow – Best, Essence

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