1905: The Partition of Bengal occurred on this day.
Interesting facts about the Partition of Bengal
The Partition of Bengal took place under Viceroy Curzon.
The reason for the partition were all administrative. Bengal was as large as France and had a significantly larger population. Curzon had stated that the eastern region was neglected and under-governed and hence, by splitting the province, an improved administration could be established there.
The partition was supported by the Muslims of East Bengal and their support was motivated by both their poor economic conditions in East Bengal, as well as the believed dominance of the Hindu businessmen in West Bengal over the governance of Bengal
In 1947, Bengal was partitioned for the second time, solely on religious grounds, as part of the Partition of India following the formation of India and Pakistan.
1923: The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney & his brother, Roy Disney
Interesting Fact about the Walt Disney Company:
The company is famous for creating the children’s favorite cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. He was named Mortimer Mouse by Walt Disney but his wife Lilian changed it to Mickey Mouse.
2012: Malala Yousafzai a young Pakistani school girl shot in the head by a Taliban gunmen for advocating girls education in the Taliban ruled Swat Valley in Pakistan.
Interesting Facts about Malala Yousafzai:
She wrote a blog for the BBC under the pen name ‘Gul Makai’ called “Diary of a School Girl” about her life under the Taliban.
She gave a speech on her 16th birthday at the United Nations about equal education for everyone. She was wearing a shawl worn by assassinated former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She gave the famous slogan,“One child,one book, one pen and one teacher can change the whole world”
She is the youngest recipientof the Nobel Peace Prize.
1896: Queen Victoria, surpasses her grandfather King George III to become the longest reigning monarch in British History.
Her reign of 63 years & 7 months is known as the Victorian Era & was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.
Some interesting facts about Queen Victoria are :
She was only 18 years when she became the Queen of England.
She spoke several languages like English and German, French, Italian and Latin. Hindustani and Urdu phases were taught to her by her favorite Indian attendant, Abdul Karim.
She was known as the grandmother of Europe because her nine children married into royal families across the European continent and it earned her the sobriquet “Grandmother of Europe”. Her 42 grandchildren could be found in the royal families of Germany, Russia, Greece, Romania, Sweden, Norway and Spain. Warring First World War royals Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, Tsarina Alexandra of Russia and George V of Britain were all her grandchildren.
She mourned the death of her husband, Prince Albert for 40 years. Following Albert’s death, Victoria retreated from public life, adopting elaborate mourning rituals that rapidly became obsessive. As time went on, the situation began to spiral out of control as it became clear the queen’s period of mourning would last much longer than the two years that convention dictated. Consumed by grief, Victoria fell into a state of depression and began neglecting her royal duties. As she repeatedly refused to take part in public events, her popularity began to deteriorate. It was not until the 1870s that Victoria was coaxed back into gradually engaging in public life once more.
The park consists of consists of seven themed areas:
Main Street, U.S.A.: is the first “themed land” inside the main entrance of the many ‘Disneyland’-style parks operated or licensed by The Walt Disney Company around the world.
Fantasyland: Fantasyland is one of the “themed lands” at all of the Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. Each Fantasyland has a castle as well as several gentle rides themed after Disney movies.
Adventureland: is themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific.
Tomorrowland: Each version of the land is different and features numerous attractions that depict views of the future.
Grizzly Gulch: Home to cowboys and pioneers, saloons, red rock buttes and gold rushes
Mystic Point: It is set in a dense, uncharted rain forest surrounded by mysterious forces and supernatural events.
Toy Story Land: The area is based on the Disney·Pixar film series, Toy Story.
Some interesting facts about Disneyland, Hong Kong:
The Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Hong Kong Disneyland Park is the only Disney castle to feature a natural mountain in the background. The mountain is located within a country park reserve area.
Other than on Disney Cruise Line, Hong Kong Disneyland Park is the only place where Disney Guests can enjoy “The Golden Mickeys” musical
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Jungle River Cruise is the only one where cast members guide guests in three languages.
1981: “The Smurfs” animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America.
William Hanna who was an animator formed a partnership with Joseph Barbara, also an animator in 1957.
They became the first animation studio to successfully produce animation especially for television.
Some of their best-known series include, “Tom and Jerry” (1940), “The Huckleberry Hound Show” (1958), “The Flintstones” (1960), “The Jetsons” (1962) and “The Smurfs” (1981).Together they have won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards, including the first Emmy for an animated programme.
2001:The hijacking of two airliners in USA by 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists in the morning which killed 2997 people and injured over a 6,000 people.
A brief synopsis of the September 11 attacks:
On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airliners all bound for California. Once the hijackers assumed control of the airliners, they told the passengers that they had a bomb on board and would spare the lives of passengers and crew once their demands were met.
No passenger and crew actually suspected that they would use the airliners as suicide weapons since it had never happened before in history, and many previous hijacking attempts had been resolved with the passengers and crew escaping unharmed after obeying the hijackers.
The hijackers – members of Al-Qaeda’s Hamburg cell intentionally crashed two airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both buildings collapsed within two hours from fire damage related to the crashes, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others.
The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, just outside Washington D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington D.C., to target the White House or the U.S. Capital.
None of the flights had any survivors. A total of 2,977 victims and the 19 hijackers perished in the attacks of the nineteen were citizens of Saudi Arabia, and the others were from the United Arab Emirates ,Egypt, and Lebanon.
Some interesting facts about this attack are that:
Michael Jackson, the king of pop would have died in this attack if he had not cancelled the meeting he was about to attend at the World Trade Center.
The company that owned the World Trade Center had scheduled a meeting for 9/11 on the 88th floor of tower 1 to discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, but rescheduled the night before because one participant could not attend.
Al-Qaeda initially planned to target nuclear installations rather than the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but decided against it, fearing things could “get out of control.”
1893: The first conference on the World Parliament of Religions is held in Chicago, America. India was represented by the well- known philosopher and thinker, Swami Vivekananda.
All the speakers were addressing the audience using formal terms like Mr & Ms but Swami Vivekananda began his speech with the words, ‘Sisters and Brothers of America’. The crowd of seven thousand was so impressed by his speech that he received a two minute standing ovation.
Did you’ll know that Swami Vivekananda has a Goan connection and that he came down to Goa and stayed at the Rachol Seminary in Goa.