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On this day, 19 Feb....
1831 - The York locomotive, the first practical coal-burning locomotive built in America, made its first trial run. It was designed with a vertical boiler by Phineas Davis. It was the first locomotive constructed with coupled wheels and two pairs of drivers. On 27 Sep 1835, while on an excursion for employees, Phineas Davis, was on board the locomotive observing its operation when the train derailed due to defective track, and Davis died in the accident.
1863 - The first pipeline running from an oilfield to a refinery was completed at Oil Creek, Pennsylvania. It was two inches in diameter, running 2.5 miles. Unfortunately, excessive leaks made it impractical to use.
1878 - The phonograph was patented by Thomas A. Edison. His first recording was made reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb.
1910 - Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area.
1949 - Mass arrests of communists in India.
1977 - Deep-ocean researchers found an extraordinary oasis of extremophile life. New types of worms, clams and crabs were seen thriving around geothermal hot water vents. The food-chain of the ecosystem depends upon bacteria oxidising hydrogen sulphide contained in the volcanic gases that spew out of the hot springs. Thus, the energy source that sustains this deep-ocean ecosystem is not sunlight, but rather the energy from chemical reaction (chemosynthesis).
2010 - Tiger Woods the world number one golfer talks publicly for the first time since the scandal surrounding his private life erupted last year. During his press meeting he said "I was unfaithful, I had affairs and I cheated. What I did was unacceptable,"
1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer.
1670 - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the great Maratha leader.
1861 - Rani Rashmoni, great nationalist, who compelled the British to abolish the tax imposed on fishing in the river, ingeniously blocking the trade and commerce on the part of Ganges.
1915 - Gopal Krishna Gokhale, social reformer, political leader and freedom fighter.
1978 - Pankaj Mallik, famous Bengali music director and playback singer
You may have known....
A programme costing Rs. 4 crore for the manufacture of armaments and explosives was launched in 1941 to meet the immediate requirements of war. The ordnance factories started producing 700 varieties of ammunition. There were pressing demands to meet the civilian requirements too.
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