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During a speech on January 25, 1966, the father of India's space programme, Vikram Sarabhai, said: ⁠

#ThisDayInHistory #DeathAnniversary #HomiBhabha
“Those of us who had personal contact with Bhabha know that science was an important part of life,but that he was a complete man in the best sense of the term as we understand today.He represented the best in the modern educated world,the best of science, the best of the arts.”⁠
There is perhaps no better description for the father of India's nuclear programme, who was also a painter, a botanist, and an avid classical music enthusiast. ⁠

Homi Bhabha’s greatest legacy is, perhaps, the institutions he created.
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Today is a big day in the history of electricity & electrification!

Two nationally incredible and one personally thrilling things happened #thisdayinhistory

On Sept 4, 1882, Thomas Edison turned on Pearl Street Station in the Manhattan financial district, the first central generation station distributing electricity commercially in the United States.

By 1882 Edison had already founded Menlo Park, and invented, among other things, the phonograph. He also improved on the automatic telegraph from knowledge gained from a 1973 trip to England.

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The Battle of Gettysburg ended #OTD in 1863 halting Confederate General Robert E. Lee's second invasion of the North. There were 51,112 casualties at Gettysburg, more than any battle during the Civil War. Check out our 🧵 about General Meade here:
The battle effectively ended after Pickett's Charge, a full frontal Confederate assault on the Union's strongest position on Cemetery Hill. Lee was forced to retreat back to Virginia and abandon planes to attack Washington via Pennsylvania. Image
Approximately 12,500 men participated in Picket's Charge. Of those, almost 60% became casualties during the assault.
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#ThisDayInHistory Post 661:

19 April 1770 (252 years ago): Captain James Cook sighted the eastern coast of what is now Australia.

CC: @Australia


#History #OnThisDay #OTD #CaptainJamesCook #Australia
19 April 1971 (51 years ago): Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.


#ThisDayInHistory #History #OnThisDay #OTD #Salyut1 #SovietUnion
19 April 1975 (47 years ago): India's first satellite Aryabhata launched in orbit from Kapustin Yar, Russia.

CC: @isro


#ThisDayInHistory #History #OnThisDay #OTD #Aryabhata #India #Satellite #ISRO
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#OTD in 1865 Charleston, South Carolina Mayor Charles Macbeth surrendered the city to Lieutenant Colonel A.G. Bennett of the 21st United States Colored Troops. The city had been under siege since the summer of 1863 and its harbor contained Ft. Sumter, where the war began.
Confederate General Beauregard ordered the evacuation three days earlier, nearly four years after he commanded the initial assault of Ft. Sumter in April, 1861. By the afternoon a company of the 54th Mass. (USCT) was helping to extinguish the flames set by the retreating rebels.
Many of the first Union soldiers to enter Charleston were from the USCT and they left a wake of liberation for Black Charlestonians who were legally enslaved the day prior. Days later the 55th Mass. (USCT) walked the streets of downtown singing "John Brown's Body."
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#OTD in 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment passed the House of Representatives, sending it to the states for ratification. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States “…except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted."
The amendment ended race-based chattel slavery in America, but did not rid the nation of forced labor, which exists through America’s prison system today. #13thAmendment #Constitution #slavery #HistoryMatters #CivilWar #USCivilWar #AmericanCivilWar #PoliticalHistory #knowhistory
Congress abolished slavery in Washington D.C. in 1862. The Emancipation Proclamation outlawed slavery in rebelling states Jan. 1, 1863 and former rebel states were forced to ban slavery in new state constitutions. Republicans in Congress still wanted a Constitutional Amendment.
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In #ThisDayInHistory, the American victory at the #BattleofYorktown would be the last major land battle of the #AmericanRevolutionaryWar.

Check out the thread to learn more about this historic battle!

#ArmyHistory | #ArmyHeritage
In 1781, the British occupied Yorktown, where General Charles Cornwallis intended to resupply his 9,000-man army.

#ArmyHistory | #ArmyHeritage
On September 5, The Royal Navy, attempting to sail up the Bay to Gen. Cornwallis, is met by French warships at the mouth of the Chesapeake. In this Battle of the Capes, the British fleet is soundly defeated trapping British troops without supplies and much-needed reinforcements.
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#Juneteenth is a commemoration holiday for #ThisDayInHistory in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure the emancipation of all enslaved people there.
Granger and his troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
#Juneteenth honors the effective end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. To learn more about the importance of Juneteenth, visit…
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#OTD in 1882 President Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act into law. The law ostensibly barred “Chinese Laborers,” but the way the law was worded meant that almost all Chinese immigrants were barred from entering the United States. Image
It wasn't until 1965, a time in very recent memory, that China received a quota on par with the rest of the world. This discrepancy is highlighted in the April 1882 political cartoon from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, seen here. Image
Chinese immigrants are again a target for vilification during fears of Covid-19. Let us not be guided by fear again. #AAPIHM #immigrationlaw #standwithimmigrants #tenementmuseum #thisdayinhistory
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They don’t make them like Jagadish Chandra Bose anymore.
The first person from the Indian subcontinent to receive a US patent, Bose was a pioneer in the field of wireless telecommunication – a field which would eventually lead to invention of the radio, TV, WiFi & cell phones.
He invented the Mercury Coherer, a radio wave receiver that was later used by Guglielmo Marconi to build the first operational transatlantic two-way radio that was capable of communicating across 2,000 miles.

And that is not the only achievement under his belt.
A physicist, botanist, and an author, Bose was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1920, becoming the first Indian to be honoured by the Royal Society in the field of science.

All this even though he was not allowed access to science labs under the British rule!
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This landmark 40-minute Iran nuclear revelation of Natanz & Arak sites by @NCRIUS on #ThisDayInHistory Aug 14, 2002 is well remembered by the Ayatollahs for preventing them from getting the Bomb, which they needed as guarantee for their survival.…
The #IAEA immediately asked to inspect the sites, Tehran dragged till October, then delayed again & finally IAEA was scheduled to visit Natanz on 21 February 2003; #MEK network in Iran found out that Iran intends to show all Natanz but not bldg where centrifuges were installed.
On 20 Feb 2003, Ms. Soona Samsami and I, in a press conference, called Tehran's trick, showed the building location of the centrifuges, urged inspections of entire Natanz. IAEA inspected the pilot centrifuge facility in Natanz; the trouble started for Iran's repressive rulers.
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