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TODAY - Aug 21, 2017

Thought of the Day

When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.

Today's Birthday

William Murdoch
William Murdoch Engineer, Scottish(1754)

A Scottish engineer and inventor who pioneered the use of coal-gas for lighting in 1792 while working with James Watt and Matthew Boulton on their steam engines.

 
Jules Michelet
Jules Michelet Historian, French(1798)

A French historian and author of the History of France who is best known for his monumental Histoire de France.

 
Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley Illustrator, English(1872)

An English illustrator and author who played a leading part in the Aesthetic movement.

 
Archie Griffin
Archie Griffin Footballer, American(1954)

An American former football running back who played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.

 
Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain Basketball player, American(1936)

An American one of the greatest professional basketball player in the history of the sport, who once scored 100 points in a single game

This day in History

1831

Virginia slave Nat Turner begins a slave rebellion in Southampton County in which over 50 whites are killed. Turner is captured six weeks later after the rebellion has ended.

1858

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas meet in the first of their series of debates on the subject of slavery during the Illinois senatorial race.

1959

Hawaii becomes the 50th state in the Union.

1961

Britain releases Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan nationalist from prison.

1986

A cloud of toxic gas released from the volcanic Lake Nyos, near Wum in north-west Cameroon, has killed more than 1200 people.

Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999)

Wilt Chamberlain

An American one of the greatest professional basketball player in the history of the sport, who once scored 100 points in a single game, was born on August 21, 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Chamberlain won only two NBA championships. He played for the Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His career lasted 14 seasons, from 1959-60 through 1972-73. He set numerous league records. As a youngster, Chamberlain preferred track and field to basketball, and he dreamed of competing as a sprinter in the Olympic Games. He was (6 ft 11 in (211 cm) tall so his friends urged him to take up the game. In addition to his height Chamberlain had long arms, and when standing under the basket he could almost touches the rim, 10 ft (3.1 m) off the ground. Because of Chamberlain's height and offensive prowess, NCAA administrators instituted several rules changes to limit his impact. Despite his individual success, Chamberlain frequently feuded with coaches and teammates, and year after year his teams failed to win the NBA championship. As the tallest man on the court, he often received the largest share of the blame when his teams lost. He died on October 12, 1999.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal