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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (b. 1592) died in the Agra Fort.

In the Battle of Wandiwash, British troops decisively beat the French, confining them to Pondicherry.

Queen Victoria (b. 1819), who reign was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire, died.

Thousands of peaceful demonstrators were massacred by the Imperial Guard of Tsar Nicholas II at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. The event known as Bloody Sunday triggered the 1905 revolution.

The uranium atom was first split in Columbia University, USA.

The Boeing 747, the world's first ‘jumbo jet’ was introduced on Pan Am's New York–London route.

The iconic "1984" ad aired during the Super Bowl XVIII introduced the Apple Macintosh, the first personal computer to feature the computer mouse and graphical user interface.


Brian Lara made his first-class cricket debut, for Trinidad and Tobago against Leeward Island of the West Indies.

Evo Morales became the first indigenous American President of Bolivia.

Indian spacecraft SRE 1 successfully re-entered Earth’s atmosphere after twelve days in orbit, making India one of the few nations to return a craft from orbit.

Australian actor Heath Ledger (b. 1979), known for his award winning roles in Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight, died in New York City at the age of 28.


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