Thomas Edison Turns the Lights On, Election of Indira Gandhi and Calcium Found on Mars

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Important Events

  • 379 Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire
  • 1812 Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo
  • 1883 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey
  • 1966 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister
  • 2013 Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover
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  • 1955 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS

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Coopers Inc. sells the world's first men's briefs in Chicago, calls it the "Jockey"

On this day in 1935

Would You Believe?

World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people

On this day in 1977

Famous Weddings

  • 1872 Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (26) weds Anna Bertha Ludwig in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • 1884 Painter Thomas Eakins (39) weds painter and photographer Susan Macdowell (32) in a Quaker ceremony
  • 1957 Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey

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