What history tells us foremost is that it is fascinating to the core! And why not, if it tells you that Mona Lisa was stolen from its supposed installation for two complete years, or that the potato chips we munch on so fondly today were first made this week, some year in past. There is more to explore in, “This Week, That Year” from August 21st to August 27th.
This is day in history is related with the one of the biggest thefts ever. On this day in the year 1911, The Mona Lisa, the famous portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci also called (La Gioconda) (painted between 1503-1506), was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. The painting was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia an employee of the Louvre who believed Leonardo’s painting should be returned to Italy for display in an Italian gallery. The Mona Lisa was recovered two years later when he tried to sell it to an Italian Gallery.
On August 22, 1639, Madras (now Chennai) was founded by the East India Company who bought it as a piece of land from the local Nayak rulers. In ancient times, the city of Chennai was known as Madraspatnam and was located in Tondaimandalam, an area flanked by the Pennar River of Nellore and the Pennar river of Cuddalore on each side.
On this day in the year 1996, Osama bin Laden, the leader, founder and head of the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda, issued message entitled, “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places”. Also, on August 23, 2004 the Lok Sabha passed the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), which ensures a livelihood for millions of poor living in rural areas.
Most of us must be a lover of potato chips, but when was the first time they were made? On this day in the year 1853, first potato chips were prepared by Chef George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist). Also, on August 24, 1608, the first representative of the East India landed in Surat for purposes of trade and we all know what happened after that.
For all the programmers, this is a golden day, as on this day in the year 1991, Linux was born. The birth of Linux took place when, Linus Torvalds, who is the founder of Linux, sent off the email announcing his project to create a new operating system.
On this day in the year 1910, Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu] was born in Skopje (now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. Teresa received a number of honours, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonised (recognised by the church as a saint) on September 4, 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day. A controversial figure during her life and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work.
On this day in the year 1955, the Guinness Book of World Records compiled by student twins Norris and Ross McWhirter was published for the first time and became an instant success. The book was originally owned by the Guinness Brewery (hence the name), it is currently owned by the Jim Pattison Group. The Guinness Book of Records holds it’s own record as the world’s most sold copyrighted book.
Disclaimer: We might have missed on some of the other important events, but these are events which have the highest value in our regards.
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