On these special days
- POSTED ON: 29 Dec, 2022
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- POSTED BY: Madhuvanti S. Krishnan
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Many great things have occurred in history, since time immemorial. Let’s take a look at a few that will be celebrating landmark moments in the new year.
125 years: Author Lewis Carroll’s death – January 14
The world knows him as Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. But Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was also a poet and mathematician. He was famous for his ability to play with words. Apart from the two books about Alice, he also wrote poetry for children under the same pen name. He died in England, on January 14, 1898.
250 years: Captain James Cook crosses the Antarctic Circle – January 17
British explorer, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy, James Cook was renowned for three voyages between 1768 and 1779. In 1768, the Royal Society of London asked Cook to lead the first scientific expedition to the Pacific Ocean. During this period, he charted New Zealand reached the south-eastern coast of Australia in 1770. Between 1772 and 1775, Cook travelled around the world from west to east, trying to discover another southern continent. While he did not reach Antarctica, he became the first European to cross the Antarctic Circle on January 17, 1773.
100 years: Founding of Walt Disney Studio – October 16
What’s common to films like Bambi, The Lion King, Mulan, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? It’s Walt Disney Studio. Established on October 16, 1923, it was first known as Disney Brothers Studio, as it was set up by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney. The Disneyland amusement park was founded in July 1955 and Walt Disney became synonymous for amusement for kids. From being a cartoon studio to make animated movies, the studio has expanded into making movies for children and adults.
250 years: Boston Tea Party – December 16
One of the most important events during the American fight for their independence from Britain, its roots lay in the Tea Act, enacted in May 1773. This gave the British East India Company a monopoly to sell tea from China in the American colonies. On december 16, 1773, American merchants dressed as Mohawks, boarded the company’s ships in Boston Harbour and threw over 300 chests of tea into the sea. The repercussions from this laid the ground for the War of Independence.