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TODAY - Oct 16, 2021

Thought of the Day

Do not compare your beginning to someone else's middle.

Today's Birthday

Noah Webster, Jr.
Noah Webster, Jr. Lexicographer, American(1758)

An American lexicographer and textbook pioneer responsible for the first American dictionary.

David Ben-Gurion
David Ben-Gurion Politician, Israeli(1886)

The first Prime Minister of Israeli who was the leading force in the creation of the state.

William Orville Douglas
William Orville Douglas Justice, American(1898)

One of the youngest justices appointed to the court as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Günter Wilhelm Grass
Günter Wilhelm Grass Novelist, German(1927)

A German novelist and poet who received the Nobel Prize in Literature1999.

This day in History


Dentist William T. G. Morton successfully uses an anaesthetic for the first time and removes a tumour from a young man's jaw.


The first birth control clinic. Open in New York City.


10 leading Nazis found guilty against humanity were hanged in the gymnasium of Nuremberg prison.


GOES I Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite is launched.

Man who made the difference

Noah Webster (1758-1843)

Noah Webster

An American lexicographer, editor and textbook pioneer responsible for the first American Dictionary, was born on 16th October 1758, in West Hartford. In the history of America he is regarded as the "Father of American Scholarship and Education." Three editions of his spelling book which is published by him, is known as Webster's Elementary Spelling Book. These books differentiate American English from British in terms of spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. In 1806, Webster published his first dictionary. He was a revolutionary by nature. As a member of the Federalist Party, he worked for the party and published pamphlet and Sketches of American Policy. He founded a daily newspaper, The Minerva and The Herald, both in dedication of the Federalist Party. Webster lived in Amherst, Massachusetts (1812 to 1822). He was one of the founding father of Amherst College. He devoted his life to study of the English language. His dictionary contains more words definitions than any earlier dictionary of the English language. Webster died on May 28, 1843, in New Haven.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal