This Week, That Year (August 14th-20th)


‘This Week, That Year’ of August 14th to 20th follows many birthdays such as that of Satya Nadella and Rajiv Gandhi. The independence of our beloved nation, India is on it’s way, also reminding us of the misery-full pain of partition in the year 1947, which lead to formation of Pakistan. It also tells us about the record set by by the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt. Know about that and more in ‘This Week, That Year’.

 August 14th

coverage-17On this day in the year 1947, the Dominion of Pakistan, included modern-day Pakistan and Bangladesh, gained formal independence from Great Britain when the withdrawal of the British Raj took place that is when the formal ending of the British Indian Empire took place. On 14th August 1957, Bollywood actor and comedian Johnny Lever was born in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh. Lever is one of India’s most popular comedians and has been a source of inspiration for many other Indian comedians.

 August 15th

coverage-18On 15 August 1947, India after Partition was declared independent of British rule and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of independent India. Independence of India was preceded by the partition of British India on the basis of religious demographics. PS: Happy Independence Day. On this day in the year 1998, Apple launched the iMac, which is an all in one home computer and internet ready consisting of only of a monitor/central unit, keyboard and mouse and went on sale in the US priced at $1,299.

 August 16th

coverage-15On this day in the year 2008, Usain Bolt set a new 100 meters world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and marked a new beginning of the Usain Bolt Era. Also on this day in the year 1958, Madonna took birth. Madonna is one of the world’s top music stars and the best-selling female rock artist of modern times, her career spans three decades and she has managed to stay at the top of the music business by changing her persona, image and music to bring in each new generation.

August 17th

coverage-19On 17th August 1947, the Radcliffe Line was declared as the boundary between India and Pakistan, following the Partition of India. The line is named after Sir Cyril Radcliffe who was commissioned to equitably divide 4,50,000 km sq of territory with 88 million people. In the year 1908, Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France. Hence, marking the start of the animation industry in the sphere of cartoons.

 August 18th

coverage-13On 18th August 1945, it was reported that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was seriously injured and badly burned in a plane crash in Taihoku airport, Taiwan and is believed to have passed away in a nearby Japanese military hospital. Subhas Chandra Bose, fondly known as Netaji, was an important Indian Nationalist leader who fought for Indian Independence from the British during the years following World War II, taking help from the Axis Powers (nations which fought the Second World War against the Allied Forces).

August 19th

coverage-16On this day in the year 1967, Satya Nadella, an American–Indian businessman was born. Nadella is the present Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft. He was appointed as CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Before becoming CEO of Microsoft, he was Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud computing services.

  August 20th

coverage-14On this day in the year 1944, Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was born. He was the 6th Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40. Gandhi was a scion of the politically powerful Nehru–Gandhi family, which had been associated with the Indian National Congress party.

Disclaimer: We might have missed on some of the other important events, but these are events which have the highest value in our regards. 

About the Author:

Dipesh Jindal (DAV College 10)

Dipesh Jindal
(DAV College 10)

Either silent or sarcastic. An old soul born in 21st century. Ambivert. OY. Food lover. Write until alive. Believes in ‘serve and be served’. Suffers from a syndrome of laughing at every point time.


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