This Week, That Year (July 31st-August 6th)


The coming week is like a roller-coaster of emotions. With Aurangzeb being announced as the emperor of the Mughal empire and US bombing Hiroshima to end the World War 2. With Hitler hosting the very symbol of peace, Olympics, and the first themed park opening. With Kishore Kumar fans celebrating his birthday and Houdini pulling the best tricks ever. Know about that and many more interesting events in ‘This Week, That Year’ from July 31st to August 6th.

July 31st

pu-53We all know who Aurangzeb was. Aurangzeb was one of the last effective Mughal Emperors. Aurangzeb ruled to expand the Mughal Empire and during his reign, the Mughal Empire temporarily reached its greatest extent. It was on this day in the year 1658 that Aurangzeb was proclaimed as the emperor of Mughals, making this day one of the most important days in the history of India. Also on this day in the year 2016, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, a play by Jack Thorne with contributions by J. K. Rowling was published worldwide at the midnight.

 August 1st

pu-52Olympics are known as a symbol of peace and integrity. Almost every nation participates in Olympic, showing the unity between all the nations. But can you imagine a person known for terror, hosting Olympics? It must be sight to look at! On this day in the year 1936, Adolf Hitler opened the 11th Olympic games in Berlin. Hence, making this day historic. Also, on this day in the year 1947, J.K. Rowling, the writer of the world famous Harry Potter series was born.

August 2nd

pu-48Not many of us know that ‘The East India Company’ and ‘The British Empire’ were two very different things. East India Company was the one to initiate annexing India. It was on this day in the year 1858 that Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown. On this day an event occurred, which affected the whole world. On this day in the year 1934, Adolf Hitler became commander-in-chief of German armed forces.

 August 3rd

pu-50It is a day of pride for Indians as on this day in the year 1998, India’s most sophisticated medium range surface-to-air missile ”Akash” was test-fired from the interim test range at Chandipur-on-sea, hence, increasing the Indian military’s strength. If you are fan of themed parks then this is the day of celebration for you- Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opened in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.

August 4th

pu-51Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si”, “Mere Sapno ki Rani”, “Pal Pal Dil ke Paas”, and many more such songs by Kishore Kumar are still on the top of the list. It was on this day in the year 1929 that the legend took birth. Actors are paid a lot, is a well known fact. But do you know which actor is paid the most? On this day in the year 2015, Robert Downey Jr. was named the world’s highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine (earning $80 mil). There were some Indian actors in the list as well.

August 5th

pu-47Houdini is undoubtedly the best magician ever. His tricks used get people startled and amaze at the same time. On this day in the year 1926, Houdini stayed in a coffin under water for a record 1½ hrs before escaping. This trick performed by him is the cleanest trick ever and only a few were able to match the level of this trick.

 August 6th

pu-49This is a day of utmost shame and grief for the humanity. On this day in the year 1945, Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more died of radiation exposure later, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”

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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