Dhaka, Tuesday, 26 September 2017
 
 
on this day

1946:
Direct action day: Widespread riots between Muslims and Hindus erupt in Calcutta killing over 4,000 and leaving 100,000 homeless
1962:
Bangladeshi rock musician Ayub Bachchu born in Chittagong
1971:
Bangladesh naval commando launched Operation Jackpot. Birsresta flight lieutenant Matiur Rahman hijacked a Pakistani fighter
2008:
Usain Bolt sets a new 100-metre world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
2012:
Ecuador grants political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
1923:
Painter Sheikh Mohammed Sultan (SM Sultan) born in Narail district of Bangladesh
1985:
Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million
2004:
Poet, writer, literary critic Humayun Azad passes away
1950:
Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union
1998:
Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of president Nelson Mandela
1989:
Moudud Ahmed leaves office as PM and Kazi Zafar Ahmed takes office the same day
1877:
Thomas Edison invents the Edisonphone, a sound recording device
1492:
Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World
1908:
Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car
1999:
Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled 'MTV Unplugged'
2011:
Tareque Masud, an award-winning Bangladeshi independent film director, is killed in a road accident
1923:
Turkish National Congress selects Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Pasja as president
2016:
American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics winning 4x100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal, as world's most decorated Olympian
1941:
US president Franklin Roosevelt and British prime minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter
1925:
Novelist Rashid Karim is born
1947:
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy resigns as the last prime minister of Bengal during the British Raj
1498:
Columbus landed at the mouth of the Orinoco River in what is now Venezuela
1862:
Abraham Lincoln receives the first group of African Americans to confer with a US president
1942:
Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
1945:
V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II
1948:
Sir Donald Bradman plays his last Test Cricket innings
1986:
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto arrested
1946
Direct action day: Widespread riots between Muslims and Hindus erupt in Calcutta killing over 4,000 and leaving 100,000 homeless
1962:
Bangladeshi rock musician Ayub Bachchu born in Chittagong
1971:
Bangladesh naval commando launched Operation Jackpot. Birsresta flight lieutenant Matiur Rahman hijacked a Pakistani fighter
2008:
Usain Bolt sets a new 100-metre world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
2012:
Ecuador grants political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
2006
Poet and journalist Shamsur Rahman dies
2005:
500 bombs detonated simultaneously in 300 locations across Bangladesh
1932:
Bangladeshi artist, cartoonist and language veteran Murtoza Bashir born in Dhaka
1972:
Former captain of Bangladeshi cricket team Habibul Bashar born in Kushtia
1940:
Hitler orders total blockade of the Great Britain
1998:
US president Bill Clinton admits his "improper relationship" with Monica Lewinsky
1949:
Noted Bangladeshi playwright and theatre artist Selim Al-Deen born in Feni
1934:
Donald Bradman (244) and Ponsford score 451 in partnership in 316 minutes for Australia against England
1960:
The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
1979:
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against the Kurds
1920:
US ratifies the 19th amendment to the constitution bringing in women's voting rights
1935:
Bangladeshi novelist, writer and filmmaker, best known for his documentary Stop Genocide, born in Feni
1263:
King James I of Aragon, a region of present day Spain, censors Hebrew writing
1839:
Details of Louis Daguerre's first practical photographic process are released in Paris
1796:
Spain & France sign anti-British alliance
2010:
Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the US brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait
79:
Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on feast day of Vulcan, Roman god of fire (goes on to destroy Pompeii)
1305:
William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England
1914:
Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
1996:
Osama bin Laden issues message titled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places'
2011:
Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the Libyan Civil War
1215:
Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid
1787:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his violin and piano sonata in A K526
1891:
Thomas Edison invents and patents motion picture camera
1991:
Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
2015:
Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
2015:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook
1962:
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin born in Mymensingh
79:
Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii, Italy, begins to erupt. Within the next 25 hours, it wipes out the entire town.
1609:
Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers
1776:
Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume dies of abdominal cancer at 65
2012:
American astronaut Neil Armstrong dies from heart surgery complications at 82
1739:
Nawab of Bengal Shuja-ud-Din Muhammad Khan dies
1910:
Mother Teresa born in Skopje of Ottoman Empire
1920:
Bengali actor Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, also known as Bhanu Banerjee, born in Dhaka
1934:
Dhaka-born Bengali composer, lyricist and singer Atul Prasad Sen dies
2015:
Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
1951:
Barisal-born Abala (Lady Bose), well-known for her efforts in the field of women's education and contribution towards the alleviation of the condition of widows, dies
2008:
Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for president of the USA
1576:
Italian painter and educator Titian dies
1813:
Napoleon defeats Austrians in the Battle of Dresden
1908:
Legendary cricketer Donald Bradman born in Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
1941:
Shah of Iran abdicates throne in favour of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
1864:
The first Geneva Convention, governing rules of warfare, signed by 26 nations
1915:
Famous sports commentator and radio and television presenter William Maxwell Robertson born to British parents in Dhaka
1963:
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his 'I have a dream' speech addressing civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
1965:
Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York's Forest Hills
1845:
Scientific American magazine publishes its first issue
1976:
Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, known as Bidrohi Kobi (Rebel Poet), dies
2002:
Transparency International lists Bangladesh amongst the most corrupt nations [22]
1533:
Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro orders the death of the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa
1842:
Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
1958:
King of Pop Michael Jackson born in Gary, Indiana
1146:
European leaders outlaw crossbow, intending to end war for all time
1751:
German composer George Frideric Handel completes oratorio "Jephtha"
1797:
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, born in London, England
1981:
Indian historian, Nihar Ranjan Ray, well known for his works on history of art and Buddhism, dies in Kolkata
1993:
150,000,000 millionth visitor to Eiffel Tower
1971:
Lieutenant General Tikka Khan sworn in as governor of Pakistan
1569:
4th Mughal Emperor Jahangir born in Fatehpur Sikri, Mughal Empire
1887:
Thomas Edison patents Kinetoscope, a device which produces moving pictures
1976:
George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"
1997:
Princess Diana dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris
1978:
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is founded by then president Ziaur Rahman
1918:
Liberation War Forces commander-in-chief MAG Osmani was born in Sunamganj
1785:
Mozart publishes 6th string quartet opus 10 in Vienna
1938:
Benito Mussolini cancels civil rights of Italian Jews
1939:
Hitler orders extermination of mentally ill
2008:
Poet, playwright Zia Haider dies of cancer
1192:
Sultan Saladin and King Richard of England sign treaty over Jerusalem, at end of the Third Crusade
1859:
Gas lighting introduced to Hawaii
1867:
First girls school opens in Haarlem, The Netherlands
1898:
Politician, noted Bengali litterateur Abul Mansur Ahmed was born in Mymensingh
1651:
English military, political leader Oliver Cromwell destroys English royalists in Battle of Worcester
1833:
New York Sun, first ever daily newspaper in the USA, publishes from New York City
1944:
68th & last transport of Dutch Jews (including Anne Frank) leaves for Auschwitz concentration camp
1967:
Sweden switches to driving on right hand side of the road
1890:
Writer S Wajed Ali was born in Baratajpur village of Hooghly district, West Bengal
1609:
Navigator Henry Hudson is the first European to discover island of Manhattan
1682:
English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him
1888:
George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"
1971:
Birshrestha Nur Mohammad embraces martyrdom during the country's liberation war
1666:
Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead
1698:
Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards
1905:
The Treaty of Portsmouth is signed concluding the Russo-Japanese War
1972:
Renowned Indian classical musician Allauddin Khan dies
3114 BC:
Maya/Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar (as corresponding to the Julian Calendar) starts dating
1880:
Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval
1916:
1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee
70:
Roman army under General Titus occupies & plunders Jerusalem
1813:
"Uncle Sam" first used to refer to the US, by Troy Post of New York
1902:
Australia observes a 'day of humiliation' and prays for rain, as a terrible drought kills livestock and threatens crops
1976:
US courts find George Harrison guilty of plagiarism (He's So Fine)
1977:
US president Jimmy Carter and Panama's General Omar Torrijos sign the Panama Canal treaties, guaranteeing Panama control of the Panama Canal after 1999
1892:
Bengal politician Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was born in Midnapore of West Bengal
1504:
Michelangelo's statue of David is unveiled in Florence, Italy
1522:
Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe (expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan)
1943:
Italy surrenders to Allies in WWII
2014:
Noted Nazrul Sangeet singer Firoza Begum dies
1908:
Orville Wright, known for inventing the world's first successful airplane with his brother Wilbur Wright, makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va
1945:
1st "bug" in a computer programme discovered by Grace Hopper; a moth was removed with tweezers from a relay & taped into the log
1967:
Uganda declares independence from Great Britain
1823:
Simón Bolívar named president of Peru
1894:
London taxi driver George Smith is the first to be fined for drunk driving
1939:
Canada, under the leadership of Mackenzie King, declares war on Germany
1964:
Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) formed
1950:
Painter Shahabuddin Ahmed was born in Dhaka
1297:
Battle at Stirling Bridge; Scottish rebel William Wallace beats English
1649:
Massacre of Drogheda, Ireland - Oliver Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists
1951:
Florence Chadwick becomes first woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes
2001:
Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Twin Towers, causing the collapse of both and the death of 2,752 people
1894:
Bengali novelist Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was born in North 24 Parganas district, India
1896:
Journalist, writer Muhammad Wajed Ali was born in Banshdaha village in Satkhira district
1919:
Adolf Hitler joins the obscure German Worker's Party as its seventh member, agreeing not with worker rights, but with its German Nationalism and anti-Semitism
1923:
Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
1904:
Bengali author, scholar, linguist Syed Mujtaba Ali was born in the then undivided Sylhet (now Karimganj, India)
2013:
Noted Bangladeshi film actor Anwar Hossain dies
1791:
France's King Louis XVI accepts constitution
1930:
Finland's Paavo Nurmi runs world record 20,000m (1:04:38.4)
1971:
Prominent Bengali novelist Tarasankar Bandopadhyaya dies
1741:
George Frederic Handel finishes his "Messiah" oratorio after working on it non-stop for 23 days
1901:
Theodore Roosevelt sworn in as the youngest man to serve as US president, after William McKinley was shot dead
1964:
Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House
1964:
President Lyndon Johnson presents writer and political commentator Walter Lippmann with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
2006:
Sculptor Nitun Kundu dies
1876:
Noted Bengali novelist Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay is born in Bandel, India
1812:
French army under Napoleon reaches Kremlin, Moscow
1835:
HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board reaches the Galapagos Islands
1848:
Slavery abolished in all French territories
1906:
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen discovers the Magnetic South Pole
1941:
Adolf Hitler orders that for every dead German, 100 Yugoslavs should be killed
1959:
French president Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination
1963:
Federation of Malaysia formed by Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak
642:
Arab forces under Amr ibn al-'As conquer Alexandria
1683:
Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek reports the existence of bacteria
1787:
US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
1789:
William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn
1961:
USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) performs nuclear test in Eastern Kazakhistan
1956:
Bengali writer Motaher Hussain Chowdhury was born in Noakhali
1502:
Christopher Columbus lands in Costa Rica on his 4th & last voyage
1793:
US president George Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
1810:
Chile declares independence from Spain (National Day)
1934:
USSR admitted to League of Nations
1987:
Eminent Bengali author, literary critic, essayist, folklorist, lexicographer and biographer from Bangladesh, Professor Muhammed Mansooruddin dies
1796:
First US president George Washington gave farewell address
1849:
First commercial laundry established in Oakland, California
1888:
One of the first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium
1893:
New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote
622:
Prophet Muhammed (SWM) and Abu Bakr arrive in Jathrib, Medina (Hijrah)
1187:
First Sultan of Egypt and Syria, Saladin, begins the Siege of Jerusalem
1839:
First railroad in Netherland opens (Amsterdam-Haarlem)
1932:
Gandhi begins hunger strike against treatment of untouchables
2001:
US president George W Bush declares a 'war on terror'
1621:
King James I of England gives Sir Alexander Sterling royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia
1737:
Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer, and designer of the first American flag, born in Philadelphia, British America (d. 1791)
1784:
Pennsylvania Packet published as the USA's first daily newspaper
1895:
First auto manufacturer opens Duryea Motor Wagon Company
1922:
US president Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
1908:
Bulgaria declares independence from Ottoman Empire
1965:
India and Pakistan cease-fire goes into effect, ending Indo-Pak War
1968:
Iraq adopts constitution
1969:
China performs nuclear test in Lop Nor, PRC
2011:
CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light
1932:
Abdulaziz Ibn Saud merges the Kingdoms of Nejd and Hejaz into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
1941:
First gas murder experiments conducted at Auschwitz concentration camp
1958:
Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test on Christmas Island
1958:
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1493:
Columbus begins 2nd expedition to New World
1683:
King Louis XIV expels all Jews from French territories in America
1957:
Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona
1960:
International Development Association (UN agency) comes into existence
1994:
Aung San Suu Kyi and others form National League for Democracy to fight against dictatorship in Myanmar
1639:
America gets first printing press
1926:
Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford announces 8 hour, 5-day work week
1972:
Norway votes to join European common market
1974:
Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
2004:
Kenyan environmental political activist Wangari Muta Maathai wins Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 as first African woman
1820:
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar born in Paschim Midnapore District of West Bengal
1984:
US president Ronald Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa
1994:
Switzerland bans racist propaganda
2000:
Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turn violent during the IMF and World Bank summits
1933:
Leading Bengali poet, social worker and feminist Kamini Roy dies
1905:
Physics journal Annalen der Physik publishes Albert Einstein's paper 'Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?', introducing the equation E=mc²
1916:
1st Native American Day celebrated, honouring American Indians
2015:
A "Supermoon" coincides with a lunar eclipse creating a "Blood Moon" over much of the earth
1947:
Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina, current prime minister, born in Tungipara upazila, Gopalganj
1892:
First night football game played (Mansfield, Pennsylvania)
1928:
Prussia forbids speech by Adolf Hitler
1984:
1st floodlit ODI cricket match outside of Australia (India v Australia, New Delhi)
2015:
NASA scientists announce discovery of flowing water on Mars
1829:
First unit of London Metropolitan Police appear on streets of British capital
1916:
American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes world's first billionaire
1927:
Telephone service begins between US & Mexico
1988:
UN peacekeeping forces win Nobel Peace prize
1953:
Bengali litterateur, historian of Bangla literature, Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad dies
1520:
Suleiman the Magnificent succeeds his father Selam I as Ottoman Sultan (rules till 1566)
1862:
Prussia minister president Otto von Bismarck delivers his 'Blood & Iron' speech
1938:
Treaty of Munich signed by Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier and Chamberlain, forces Czechoslovakia to give territory to Germany
1954:
First nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned by the US Navy
   
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