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TODAY - May 20, 2019

Thought of the Day

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

Today's Birthday

Toussaint louverture
Toussaint louverture Political leader, French(1743)

A French political leader who he led the revolt of slaves in French-ruled Haiti in the 1790.

 
Dr. William Thornton
Dr. William Thornton Architect, American(1759)

A British-American physician, inventor, painter and architect who created the Capitol in Washington.

 
Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart Actor, American(1908)

An American actor, whose films include the Oscar winning The Philadelphia Story.

 
John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill Philosopher, English(1806)

An English philosopher and political economist.

This day in History

1506

Christopher Columbus died today at Valladolid in Spain in poverty.

2002

East Timor joins the ranks of the world's nations, achieving independence from Indonesia after a long struggle.

2006

The world's largest hydroelectric dam, The Three Gorges Dam is completed in China.

2010

Scientist Craig Venter announces the creation of the first synthetic organism.

Man who made the difference

Jimmy Stewart (1908-1997)

Jimmy Stewart

An American actor, known for his distinctive drawl and endearing sincerity, was born on 20th May, 1908 in Pennsylvania. In 1932, he graduated from college with a degree in architecture, Stewart made his professional theater debut in Falmouth, Massachusetts, with the University Players (a company including actors Henry Fonda, Joshua Logan, and Margaret Sullavan) in Goodbye Again. He remained with the Players for a time but then made his way to Broadway. Stewart's first motion-picture appearance was in 1935 in The Murder Man. He played a variety of supporting leads at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), which then began to feature him in such films as Born to Dance (1936), with Eleanor Powell, and You Can't Take It with You (1938), a film adaptation by director Frank Capra of the play by American playwrights George Kaufman and Moss Hart. Stewart's other notable films of the prewar years include the satirical Western Destry Rides Again (1939), It's a Wonderful World (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), and The Philadelphia Story (1940), which earned him an Academy Award for best actor. Stewart served as a bomber pilot during World War II (1939-1945), and he later attained the rank of brigadier general in the United States Air Force Reserve. Stewart also became known for tougher characterizations in a string of 1950s and early 1960s Westerns, beginning with Broken Arrow (1950); continuing with six films for director Anthony Mann, including Winchester '73 (1950), Bend of the River (1952), The Naked Spur (1953), and The Far Country (1955); and ending with three films for director John Ford: Two Rode Together (1961), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). He died on July 2, 1997, in Beverly Hills, California, United States.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal