An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Today in History

People born today:

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, American astrophysicist and Nobel laureate (1910)

Sir Thomas Browne, English physician (1605)

Auguste Lumière, French photographic manufacturer (1864)

Events that happened today in history:

202 BCProconsul Scipio Africanus of the Roman Republic defeated Hannibal and the Carthaginians in the Battle of Zama, concluding the Second Punic War.

1453: The port of Bordeaux, France, finally surrenders to the forces of King Charles VII of France; the Hundred Years’ War ends this same year.

1781: The Siege of Yorktown—the last major battle of the Revolutionary War—ends as General Charles Cornwallis surrenders to American and French forces at Yorktown, Virginia.

1935: The League of Nations imposes economic sanctions against fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia.

1943:Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, was first isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.

1960: The U.S. Treasury Department declared a trade embargo, halting commerce with communist Cuba, in an attempt to oust revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

1987: – The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22.6% on Black Monday, the largest one-day percentage decline in stock market history.

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