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On this day in 1916, the future racing legend Louise Smith, who will become the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, is born in Barnesville, Georgia.
On June 9, 1870, Dickens, the well-loved and prolific British author died in Kent, England. Dickens wrote the beloved classic novels Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations
Today is historic 6-Point Day. On June 7 in 1966, the Awami League led by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called for a day-long hartal throughout East Pakistan pressing demand for autonomy for the eastern wing of erstwhile Pakistan
on June 6, 1944: D-Day marks start of Europe invasion Thousands of Allied troops have begun landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.
On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey. Nearly three million people lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new monarch while over 20 million people watched live television coverage.
On May 31, 1859, the famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time.
At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on earth.
On May 24, 1543, Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus died. was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe.
On May 22, 1885 French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo died. Hugo is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. His best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, and Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).
On May 19, 1908, novelist Manik Bandopadhyay was born. He is considered one of the leading lights of modern Bengali fiction. His important works include Padma Nadir Majhi, Putul Nacher Itikatha, Shahartali and Chatushkone.
On 18 May 1912, Shree Pundalik, recognised as the first feature-length Indian film, was released at the Coronation Cinematograph, Girgaum, Mumbai. Shree Pundalik, a silent film was produced and directed by Dadasaheb Torne alias Rama Chandra Gopal.
On May 17, 1913 poet, playwright and musician Dwijendralal Ray died. Two of his most famous compositions are Dhana Dhanya Pushpa Bhara and Banga Amar Janani Amar. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in early modern Bengali literature.
On May 14, 1973, United States launched first space station named Skylab. It included a workshop and a solar observatory orbited Earth from 1973 to 1979 until its decaying orbit caused it to re-enter the atmosphere.
On May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Nightingale, a nurse, spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded, establishing her image as the 'Lady with the Lamp.'
On May 11, 1904, Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, Spain. The Surrealist icon, Salvador Dalí is perhaps best known for his painting of melting clocks, The Persistence of Memory.