1)World senior citizens day. Instead of making old aged
people stay locked inside houses, it is better if they were
housed in daycare centres run by the government, where
they get medical treatment, play items and also companions
of their age.
2)Birthday of Roger Federer (1981), Swiss professional tennis
player. He is the only male player in tennis history to have
reached the title match of each Grand Slam tournament at
least 5 times.Sports analysts and tennis critics consider him
as the greatest tennis player of all time.
3)The international tennis competition known as the Davis
Cup was played between U.S. and Great Britain for the first
time on August 8, 1900 in Boston, Messachusetts. The U.S
defeated Britain by 3–0 in the best-of-five matchup. The
Davis Cup is a ”Men only” event; the women’s equivalent
of the Davis Cup is called ”Federation Cup”, now a title
shortened to ”The Fed Cup.” The four Grand Slam
Tournaments in tennis are– The Australian Open-played
on hard courts; the French Open-played on red clay courts;
Wimbledon-played on grass courts and the US Open, played
also on hard courts.
4)The Great Train Robbery is the name given to 2.6 million
pound train robbery committed on 8, August, 1963 at Bridego
Railway Bridge, in Buckinghamshire, England. The bulk of the
stolen money was not recovered. It was probably the largest
robbery by value in British history.
5)In 1303, Crete earth quake of magnitude 8 occured on August
8, which triggered a major tsunami that caused severe damage
and loss of life on Crete and Alexandria. Most of the victims were
women and children.
6)ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations ) was founded
on 8, August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand with the signing of the
Bangkok Declaration or ASEAN Declaration. It is a geo-political
and economic organisation of ten countris located in Southeast
Asia. They include Indonesia,Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand,Brunei, Burma (Myanmar),Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
The aims of ASEAN include the acceleration of economic growth,
social progress, cultural development among its members, the
protection of peace and stability of the region and to provide
opportunities for member countries to discuss differences
peacefully.South East Asia became a nuclear weapon free zone
w.e.f.21 June 2001, after all the members of ASEAN signed the
South East Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone.The ASEAN
Headquarter is in Jakarta, Indonesia.
7)Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph on 1876.
8)Bhagawan Nityananda, an Indian guru (1897 to August 8, 1961)
attained Samadhi (become one with God by contemplation).His
teachings are published in ”Chidakash Gita” in Kannada language.
Details about his birth are relatively unknown. He was found as an
abandoned infant in Tuneri village, Kozhikode, Kerala, South India,
by a lady named Unniamma Nair, wife of Chathu Nair, a farmer.
The Nair couple adopted him and named him as Raman. Before
the age of twenty and after the death of foster parents, he became
a wandering Yogi or sage, spending time on yogic studies and
practices in the Himalayas and other places. He came back to
South India and gained a reputation for creating miracles and
wonderful cures. By 1923, he came to Tansa Valley in Maharashtra
state. He helped the despised local Adivasis (original inhabitants),
by setting up schools and providing food and clothing. Most of the
time he was silent, though occasionally he would give teachings.
He had the power to transmit spiritual energy to people through
non-verbal means. He was fiery and intimidating in his behaviour
towards people who came to him with ulterior motives. His Samadhi
-Shrine is located in Ganeshpuri, which is a pilgrimage site.It is in Virar,
an outpost of Mumbai. Some of the quotes from Chidakash Gita:
a)Mind needs every thing. No-mind (above mind ) doesn’t need anything.
God becomes seperate when mind is with us because mind runs after sense objects.
b)Form is visible before the physical eyes; form has beginning and ending.
Formless (soul) is invisible and has no beginning and ending.
c)The head (Chidakash) of a person is enlightened with millions of Suns.
If eyes are spoiled, nobody can see that Chidakash. So inner eyes are
important. The shape of unforeseen things (God or anything) is the
creation of mind.
9)Death anniversary of Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa (2000), the ex-chief minister
of Karnataka State. He was born on 12,December 1902 in a Hindu Lingayat family,
at Halavagilu in Bellary district. He was a role model in politics. He was wedded to
transparency and honesty in political life. He has been described as Maker of Modern
Karnataka. The State owes much to him for development of agriculture, irrigation,
industrial and transport projects. He played important roles in both the Indian
Freedom Movement and Karnataka Ekikarana (union ) Movement.He was the last
President of Indian National Congress and had to see his party being split into
Congrss (I) and Congress (S) or Syndicate Congress.He became 4th C.M. of
Karnataka in 1956 and once again in 1962. After prolonged illness, he died at
his home in Chitradurga, Karnataka.
10)Birthday of T. Sunandamma(8, August 1917), the first woman writer to
establish herself in the genre of humour literature in Kannada. She began
with the landmark humour journal Koravanji in 1942 and went on to
become a prolific writer across a range of magazines and periodicals.
Married very early at the age of 11, she managed to study upto intermediate,
at a time when there were hardly any schools for girls thanks to the
encouragement of her liberal parents and her own gift and determination.
She indulged in adventures of many kinds, quite unusual for her time-like
playing tennis.Some of her works are: Muttina Chendu(ball of pearls),
Jambhada Chila(vanity bag), Bannada Chitte (colorful flying cricket),
Peppement, Grihalakshmi (house wife), Tenali Ramakrishna etc. She
was the winner of Karnataka Sahitya (literature) Academy Award (1996)
and Attimabbe Award (1981). She died on 27, December 2006 (88years).
An excerpt from her work ”Tenali Ramakrishna”:-
Both men and animals weep. But only men laugh.
All people laugh but only a few can make others laugh.
And only a gifted man can make a king, careworn with
the burden of administration, laugh. (Tenali Ramakrishna was
a jester in the court of king Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar.)
11)Death anniversary of Naval Pirojsha Godrej (1916-1990).
He was the third son of Pirojsha Godrej(1882–1972). Pirojsha
and his brother Ardeshir Godrej laid the foundations of Godrej
Industrial Group.Naval Pirojsha Godrej or NPG as he was
popularly called was an indian industrialist and member
of Parsi community. A man with exceptional strength of
mind and character, he was known to be always smiling,
very humble, extremely approacheable and friendly with
his people.He was instrumental in transforming Godrej,
which was founded on 1897, as a small outfit producing
locks and safes, into an industrial powerhouse, a beautiful
industrial township of more than 3,000 acres at Vikhroli,
Mumbai including a factory,workers residence, a school, a
training institute and a recreation centre. He sponsored the
very first electric crematorium at the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw
Petit Hospital at Parel, Mumbai, for animals, the first
non-polluting crematorium of its kind in Asia.He never
appeared to the press or on the glossy pages of business
magazines.He was essentially a very private person and perhaps
that is why he was denied his share of fame.During labour unrest,
he was brutally stabbed by the violent workers on January 8, 1979.
Although recovered, he suffered greatly and remained in pain for
the remaining 12 years of his life.He had to undergo 2 major operations
and a number of blood transfusions. Since in those days blood was not
tested for hepatitis, he was infected and died of liver failure on August
8, 1990. The Godrej company has about 9,700 employees and a turnover
of 2.6 billion dollars as on 2010.The company is engaged in the manufacture
of consumer durables, industrial products like safes, locks, office equipments,
machine tools, process equipments and typewriters.
12)29th Summer Olympics begins at Beijing on 08-08-08, a date with destiny.
Chinese link digit 8 with good fortune. The global sports festival started on the
8th day of the 8th month 0f the 8th year of the 21st century , at the auspicious
hour of 8 o’clock, 8th minutes and 8th seconds exactly, at the ”Birds Nest”
National Stadium, at night. In Mandarin, the official language of the Chinese,
the digit 8 symbolizes prosperity, wealth and fortune.But the digit 4 is ominous
for the Chinese. The motto of the Olympics is ”One World, One Dream” and the
symbol of the global event is ”goldfest”, which represents 5 continents.