TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 30

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 30 Reuters 1933 – German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler chancellor. On this date in 1937, Hitler told the Reichstag that Germany was withdrawing its signature from the Versailles Treaty. 1948 – Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian nationalist non-violent movement […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 29

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 29 Reuters 1941 – Ioannis Metaxas, prime minister of Greece from 1936, died. 1986 – Yoweri Museveni sworn-in as Uganda’s Head of State. 1996 – Venice’s opera house, fatefully named La Fenice or “The Phoenix”, was destroyed by fire for the second time […]

We need to return to Gandhian art of dialogue

Anil K. Rajvanshi IANS The nation will, on January 30, observe Mahatma Gandhis death anniversary. This is also the year that we are celebrating Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. We should remember that the greatest apostle of peace lost his life in trying to bring different groups together. All his life, Gandhi tried to bring people […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 28

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 28

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 28 Mr. Mandela, 92, left Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Friday. He was treated for an acute respiratory infection. Credit Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters Reuters 1939 – Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats died; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. 1986 […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 25

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 25 Reuters 1947 – Al Capone, the U.S. gangster who dominated the Chicago area in the Prohibition era, died. Capone was jailed in 1931 for tax evasion, and released in 1939. 1991 – Residential building collapses in Tel Aviv after Iraqi Scud missile […]

Going viral: Fun and fatal social media challenges

Durga Chakravarty IANS The growing popularity of social media platforms has seen an upsurge in viral trends — some fun, but some fatal to human life. Be it the ice bucket challenge or the latest #Birdboxchallenge — these have swept the Internet as netizens from all around the globe join in to perform certain situations, […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 24

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 24

Hikers on Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, are covered in ice as the south China city records its coldest day for 59 years. — Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 24 Reuters 1943 – A meeting between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 22

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 22

Actor Heath Ledger, nominated for best actor for “Brokeback Mountain”, arrives at the 78th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 5, 2006. Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Tuesday, New York City police said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 22 Reuters 1901 – […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 21

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 21

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 21 Rugova, icon of the ethnic Albanian drive to win independence from Serbia, died on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Rugova, 61, was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2005 and had been undergoing treatment at his residence in Pristina. Picture taken October 21, […]

Is Xi-ism the new doctrine of Communism?

Aroonim Bhuyan IANS Book Review Book:Inside the Mind of Xi Jinping; Author: Francois Bougon; Publisher: Westland Publications; Pages: 181; Price: Rs 599 With Xi Jinping being named President of China for life, a new book explores whether a new doctrine called “Xi-ism” has been etched into Communist political theory. In “Inside the Mind of Xi […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 18

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 18

Journalists and officials at a ceremony for the return of the Euphronios krater to Rome. CreditDario Pignatelli/Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 18 Reuters 1919 – The Versailles Peace Conference ending World War One opened. It was chaired by French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau. 1943 – After seven days […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 17

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 17

Bobby Fischer, the eccentric genius who became America’s only world chess champion by humbling the Soviet Union’s best but who spent his last years as a fugitive from U.S. authorities, has died at 64. (Reuters) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 17 Reuters 1919 – Classical pianist Ignacy Jan […]