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TODAY - Jul 16, 2018

Thought of the Day

You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Today's Birthday

Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen Explorer, Norwegian(1872)

A Norwegian explorer who was the first to reach the South Pole in 1911.

 
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Shoeless Joe Jackson Baseball Player, American(1887)

An American baseball player who played Major League Baseball.

 
Margaret Court
Margaret Court Tennis player, Australian(1942)

An Australian former world no 1 professional tennis player.

 
Miguel Indurain
Miguel Indurain Cyclist, Spanish(1964)

A Spanish road racer cyclist, who became the first cyclist to win the Tour de France in the five successive years 1991-95.

 
Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner Playwright, American(1956)

An American playwright who gained international prominence and won critical acclaim with the first part of Angels in America, titled Millennium Approaches.

This day in History

1929

The Indian Council of agricultural research, a national organization which deals with the research and development of agriculture and aligned sciences is established in Delhi, India.

1945

The first atomic bomb is exploded on the white sands missile range in New Mexico, USA.

1964

In his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination, Arizona senator Barry Goldwater declares, "Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice."

1990

The British explorer Ranulph Fiennes begins an expedition in Oman to find the lost city of Ubar which has been buried for 2,000 years.

Man who made the difference

Tony Kushner (1956)

Tony Kushner

An American playwright who gained international prominence and won critical acclaim with the first part of Angels in America, titled Millennium Approaches was born on 16th July 1956 in New York City. He attended Columbia University and New York University. His parents were musicians and encouraged him a lot. At a young age he became interested in theater. In 1980s he started writing and producing plays. In 1993 it won both the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play. The second part of Angels in America, Perestroika, won Kushner a second Tony for best play. Other plays by Kushner include; An Opera for the Apocalypse, The Illusion and The Dybbuk In 2006, a documentary feature about Kushner titled Wrestling with Angels debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal