TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 23

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 23 Reuters 1928 – Life and death of playwright William Shakespeare celebrated. 1941 – King George of the Hellenes and the Greek government fled the Greek mainland as German forces advanced in World War Two; the Greek army surrendered. 1998 – James Earl […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 22

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 22 Reuters 1915 – The second battle of Ypres started when German troops released clouds of deadly chlorine gas on British troops. It was the first major gas attack of World War One. 1969 – The British yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston arrived at Falmouth […]

India needs a strong leader, strong nation

Jayanta Ghosal IANS I am a human being – Homo sapiens. But does that mean I am poor, brutish, nasty and small? That is what Thomas Hobbes had thought. Machiavelli’s prince had also said that if you want to control people, the masses, the electorate – then you’ve to keep a whip in your hand […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 18

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 18 Reuters 1906 – An earthquake struck San Francisco. The quake and resulting fires devastated the city, leaving over 200,000 people homeless and some 1,000 dead. 1955 – Albert Einstein, German-born scientist and mathematician, died. He formulated the theory of relativity and won […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 17

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 17 Reuters 1957 – Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrived back in Athens after a 13-month exile in the Seychelles. 1961 – U.S.-backed exiles attempted to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. The attempt failed after a three-day battle in which 100 were […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 16

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 16 Reuters 1912 – Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to gain a pilot’s licence, became the first female to fly a plane across the Channel from England to France. 1941 – In World War Two, German troops entered Sarajevo in Yugoslavia and […]

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 15

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 15 Reuters 1912 – The passenger liner Titanic sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg. Of the 2,200 passengers and crew aboard the supposedly unsinkable vessel, 1,523 lost their lives. 1980 – The French philosopher, writer and left-wing political […]

‘The stakes are too high’

‘The stakes are too high’

Members of the organisation Extinction Rebellion pour artificial blood during a climate protest outside 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom, March 9, 2019. (Credit: Extinction Rebellion) Christian faithful take up climate protest Shannon Larson Thomson Reuters Foundation Cloaked in black and carrying white buckets filled with artificial blood, the group filed in silence to […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 10

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 10 Reuters 1919 – Mexican government troops ambushed and killed revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. 1932 – German Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg received 19 million votes in presidential elections, beating Adolf Hitler’s 13 million. 1987 – Pope John Paul II attends open-air mass […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 09

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 09 Reuters 1940 – Germany invaded Denmark and Norway in World War Two.1959 – The influential American architect Frank Lloyd Wright died. His buildings include the earthquake-proof Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and the Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York. 1960 – South […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 08

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 08 Reuters 1904 – Britain and France signed the “Entente Cordiale”, an agreement settling all disputes between the two. 1913 – China’s first parliament opened in Peking. 1946 – The League of Nations opened its final session in Geneva before being replaced by […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 04

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 04 Reuters 1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty setting up a mutual defence alliance, NATO, was signed in Washington by the foreign ministers of the 12 participating powers. 1968 – The American civil rights leader Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. […]