Friday, December 06, 2002

My 100 days of Blogging :-)

Lets just go back 500 odd years in time and its astonishing how fast mankind has developed and degraded itself. No no this is not another one of my rants but I am just amused. Let me take you through a few things that happened on Dec 6th over the years.

In 1492 after months of sailing on the sea Columbus heard the sweet words "Land Ahoy!" just when he was about to succumb to his own doubts about reaching India. Instead of landing on our nation Columbus had landed on Haiti at Môle Saint Nicolas. In 1631, when the whole world would crucify anyone who opposed the Ptolemic view that Earth was the center of the Universe, Johnes Kepler along with his colleagues Galileo first sighted the predicted transit of Venus.

In mid eighteenth century our country was already in a turmoil with all kings fighting each other making it convenient for the British to land. And in 1756 British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta India. But education and knowledge continued to flourish. In 1768 the first edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published in Scotland. While in 1833 HMS Beagle the vessel that Charles Darwin voyaged in and around Rio de la Plata embarked on its return journey. Darwin had made significant discoveries but only to be ridiculed as the 'monkey man' when he got home. We were not the only country facing turmoil. Despite America having enjoyed nearly a 100 years of freedom there were civil wars within. One thing that cooled the temper was the ratification of 13th Amendment in 1865 and thereby abolishing slavery.

Moving on to 20th century, in 1922, the first commercial electric power line company under the brand of General Electric started to supply power to homes. While in 1956 Nelson Mandela & 156 others arrested for political activities in South Africa. America was not that bothered about others wars then except that it wanted to go one up over USSR in space race. In 1957 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up but a year later in the US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km and falls back. The first object to sniff space.

Coming to India the infamous episode in 1992 when over 300,000 Hindus destroyed the Ayodha Mosque of Babri India; riots followed. And today situation remains tense as self-declared hardcore Hindu's celebrate the anniversary.

All these things happened on December 6th. And today, on December 6th, I complete 100 days of Blogging. Another significant milestone in the sands of time ;-)


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