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This Week in History [ 30 JULY TO 12 AUGUST ]

    30th July 1889 : Vladimiri Zworykin born electronics engineer / inventor , father of TV.

    30th July 1928 : George Eastman demonstrates 1st color movie.

    30th July 1932 : Premiere of Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees, the 1st cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.

    30th July 1973 : Sonu Nigam, Indian singer and actor born.

    31th July 1658 : Aurangzeb was proclaimed Moghul emperor of India.

    31th July 1865 : The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.

    31th July 1880 : Munshi Premchand, Indian Author (d. 1936) born.

    31th July 1951 : Japan Airlines was established.

    1st August 1498 : Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit Venezuela.

    1st August 1932 : Meena Kumari, Indian Actress born.

    1st August 1941 : The 1st Jeep was produced.

    1st August 1996 : Michael Johnson breaks the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds with a time of 19.32 seconds at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

    2nd August  1790 : The first US Census was conducted.

    2nd August  1870 : Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London.

    3rd August  1934 : Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of Germany.

    3rd August  1957 : Mani Shankar, Indian Footballer. born.

    3rd August  1958 : The Billboard Hot 100 was founded.

    4th August  1906 : Central Railway Station Sydney opens.

    4th August  1929 : Kishore kumar, indian singer and actor (d. 1987) born.

    4th August  2007 : NASA's Phoenix spaceship launched.

    5th August  1912 : Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.

    5th August  1963 : The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty.

    5th August  1975 : Kajol Mukherjee, Indian actress born.

    5th August  1987 : Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress born.

    6th August  1890 : At Auburn Prison in New York murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.

    6th August  1923 : Henry Sullivan swimgs the English channel.

    6th August  1964 : Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, cut down.

    7th August  1807 : Robert Fullton invented the first successful steam boat.

    7th August  1947 : The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).

    7th August  1955 : Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins on the U.S penny goes into circulation. It replace the "Sheaves of wheat" design and is still in use.

    8th August  1810 : Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib marries Maaroof, daughter of Nawab Ilahi Baksh, and moves to Delhi.

    8th August  1949 : Bhutan becomes independent.

    9th August  1173 : Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins, and it takes two centuries to complete.

    9th August  1936 : Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games becoming the first American to win four medals in 1 Olympiad.

    9th August  1965 : Singapore seceded from Malaysia & gained independence.

    10th August  1894 : Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Fourth President of India born.

    10th August  2003 : Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko becomes the first person to marry in space.

    10th August  2003 : The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK-38.5C (101.3F) in Kent [1]. It was the First time the UK has recorded a temperture over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    11th August  1804 : Francis II assumed the title of first Emperor of Austria.

    11th August  1929 : Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.

    11th August  2003 : A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112F (44C), leaving about 144 people dead.

    12th August  1833 : Chicago was founded.

    12th August  1851 : Isaac Singer granted a patent for his sewing machine.

    12th August  1981 : The IBM Personal Computer released.