We released the first content of our series ‘This Week, That Year’ last week. The series is aimed at bringing to you some of the unknown facts, a few forgotten tales, and numbered events which can’t go unnoticed in history. Go ahead and see what this week marked in history.
As a kid, Nickelodeon was one of our most famous kids channel, which we used to watch day and night. On this day in the year 1905 world’s first Nickelodeon opened showing a silent film called ‘The Great Train Robbery’. The name ‘Nickelodeon’ was used as it cost 5 cents or a nickel to watch the movie.
We all love Gru and his three daughters from ‘Despicable Me’, but the army of minions has mostly been our favourite cartoony character. It was on this day in the year 2010 that ‘Despicable Me’ directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with voices by Steve Carrell and Jason Segel premiered at the Moscow Film Festival and booked a special place in everyone’s heart.
On this day in the year 1953, Benazir Bhutto, first woman to lead a Muslim-majority nation (also our neighbours), Pakistan was born. Benazir has been the most controversial Prime Minister of Pakistan, from being the first woman to lead the nation to her assassination. Also, the day is celebrated as the World Yoga Day, so be ready to showcase your yoga skills to the world.
Let’s go back to the year 1555, on this day (approx) Emperor Humayun declared his son Akbar as his heir apparent. We all know about Akbar and his lovestory with Jodha from our history textbooks. Akbar era was the era in which the Mughals reign expanded the most. One of the seven wonders of world, Taj Mahal was built under Akbar’s orders. Also, on this day in 1874 game of lawn tennis was introduced.
In the year 1894, the International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne in Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin. IOC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its mission is enshrined in the Olympic Charter: to support the development of competitive sport by ethical and environmentally sustainable means. Kiddos to all the Batman fans, as on this day in 1989, the movie Batman opened in theatres, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
Anita Desai, holder of Padma Bhushan and an avid Indian writer took her first breathe on this day in the year 1937. Desai published her first novel, Cry the Peacock, in 1963. The Artist of Disappearance (2011), The Zigzag Way (2004), Diamond Dust and Other Stories (2000), Fasting, Feasting (1999) are some of her most recent works. Also, in the year 1901, first exhibition by Pablo Picasso, then 19, open in Paris which was starting point of world’s most successful artist.
Michael Jackson, world pop sensation, takes his last breathe on this day in the year 2009 due overdose of drugs. This day in 1983 marked a new birth of cricket in India as Kapil Dev led Indian cricket team wins the ‘Prudential World Cup’ Cricket Championship held in England after defeating West Indies. In 1975, India witnessed a great upset as in this day the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi declared a state of internal emergency in India.
Disclaimer: We might have missed on some of the other important events, but then history has enough to go much more than what this article can contain.
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