1)Birthday of Katrina Kaif (1984),Bollywood actress.
2)Mohammedan era of Hijra started w.e.f. 16th July,
622 A.D. the day of the flight of Mohammed, the
Prophet of Islam, from Mecca to Medina.
3)Ocean Day in Japan.
4) 66th Anniversary of world’s first nuclear weapons
test of an atomic bomb (1945), in New Maxico
at the Alamogordo Test Range on the desert
area in the test named Trinity.The test is credited
as the beginning of the Atomic age.
5)Longest lunar eclipse, which lasted for 107 minutes,
took place on July 16th,2000, the second of the two
total eclipses in 2000.It was the longest lunar eclipse
in the last 140 years, since August 13, 1859. The earth
will witness a similar one only sometimes after 3000.
6)100 children die in Kumbhakonam(Tamilnadu) school fire.
Meal preparation triggers blaze of thatched roof.
7)Death anniversary of ”Padma Shri” K.V.Subbanna (2005),
an acclaimed dramatist, playwright & writer in Kannada.He
was the founder of world famous NINASAM (drama institute).
In 1991, he was awarded the ”Ramon Magsaysay” award for
journalism, literature and Creative Communication Arts.He
was born on 1932.
8)India performs nuclear test on 1981.
9)Birthday of Aruna Asaf Ali (1909), freedom fighter
and social worker. She was elected as the first Mayor
of Delhi in 1958. She was born at Kalka in Haryana.
Born in an orthodox Hindu Bengali family,Aruna Ganguly
married in 1928,Asaf Ali, a leader in congress party at Allahabad.
She was awarded International Peace Prize in 1964. She was
awarded Bharata Ratna posthumously in 1997, after her death
on July 29th, 1996.
10)Death Anniversary of Tamil Carnatic music legend,
D.K.Pattammal (2009).She along with her two noted
contemporaries, M.L.Vasanthakumari and M.S.Subbulakshmi
are popularly referred to as the Female Trinity of Carnatic Music.
She was one of the best Tamil Carnatic musicians, Tamilnadu has
ever given birth to.She was born on March 28, 1919. When she
died in 2009,she was 90.
11)Ukraine declares independence(1990) from Soviet Union.
12)World’s first mobile hospital train named ”Jeevan Rekha”
or ”Lifeline Express” was launched (1991) by Impact India
Foundation in Mumbai.Impact India Foundation is a
United Nation’s Inter-Agency Global initiative for the
prevention and cure of Disablement. So far the service
has benefitted 4 lakh Indians.
13)La Paz Bolivia was founded (1548). It is the legislative
capital of Bolivia, the most Indian country in South America.
La Paz means the city that touches the sky.
14)Earthquake in Japan damaged nuclear plant(2007),
releasing 300 gallons of radioactive water.