It is rare to meet a man so ignorant that we couldn't learn something from him.
On this day, 21 Aug ....
1 841 - The first U.S. patent for a venetian blind was issued to John Hampson of New Orleans on a "manner of retaining in any desired position the slats of Venetian Blinds" (It is said the first U.S. installation of Venetian blinds was in 1761 in St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia).
1888 - William Seward Burroughs of St. Louis, Missouri, received patents on four adding machine applications, the first U.S. patents for a "Calculating-Machine" that the inventor would continue to improve and successfully market.
1986 - More than 1700 people died when toxic gas erupted from Lake Nyos, a volcanic lake in the West African nation of Cameroon. The gas was carbon dioxide which, being more dense than air, hugged the ground and flowed down valleys. The cloud travelled as far as 15 miles from the lake. It was moving fast enough to flatten vegetation, including a few trees. In addition to the human deaths caused by suffocation, 845 people were hospitalised and 3,000 cattle died.
2000 - Uma Bharti, the Sanyasin Member of Parliament of the BJP, resigns from the Lok Sabha and the party's national executive committee.
1961 - V. B. Chandrasekhar, cricketer.
1978 - Bhumika Chawla, actor.
1986 - Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter.
1978 - Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs).
2000 - Mahatma Gandhi's daughter-in-law Mrs. Nirmala Gandhi.
2006 - Ustad Bismillah Khan, musician.
You may have known....
In 2009, 5.3% of India's population was over 65 years.
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