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TODAY - Aug 08, 2020

Thought of the Day

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.

Today's Birthday

Ernest Lawrence
Ernest Lawrence Scientist, American(1901)

an American Physicist and nuclear scientist who invented the first Subatomic particle accelerator and colour television picture tube and won of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939 for his invention of the cyclotron.

Roger Penrose
Roger Penrose Mathematician, English(1931)

An English mathematician, and philosopher of science, theorizes on the nature of space and time.

Dennis Tito
Dennis Tito Engineer, American(1940)

An American engineer and multimillionaire, most widely known as the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space.

Nigel Mansell
Nigel Mansell Racing Driver, British(1953)

A British former racing champion driver who won the CART Indy Car World Series and the Formula One World Championship.

Emiliano Zapata
Emiliano Zapata Reformer, Mexican(1879)

A Mexican revolutionary reformer who is best known as a man of the people.

This day in History


In the Battle of Gravelines, an English fleet led by Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake destroys the Spanish Armada, a fleet of ships sent by Spain to invade England.


In an early milestone in mountain climbing, Michel Piccard and Jacques Balmat make the first ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.


After his final defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon leaves for his forced exile on the remote south Atlantic island of Saint Helena, where he dies six years later.


The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Wilmot Proviso, a controversial measure that bans slavery from territory acquired in the Mexican War. The proviso fails to pass the Senate.


The administration of President Grover Cleveland recognizes the Republic of Hawaii.


The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, made up of professional stars for the first time, defeats Croatia to win the gold medal after dominating the Olympic tournament.

Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919)

Emiliano Zapata

A Mexican revolutionary reformer who is best known as a man of the people was born on 8th August 1879 in San Miguel. His followers were known as Zapatistas. He commanded the Liberation Army of the South. Zapata marched on Mexico City, with the Francisco Villa, Mexican general. The Plan of Ayala made by Zapata. During the provisional presidencies of Victoriano Huerta, the Mexican soldier-politician and later, Venustiano Carranza the Mexican statesman, Zapata continued his resistance to the government. Zapata had extended his power by this time throughout southern Mexico. Zapata whose life has inspired countless legends and ballads died on April 10, 1919 Chinameca, Morelos.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal