Indian Republic turns 72

1482 – “Pentateuch” (Jewish Bible) 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy

1697 – Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night

1699 – Venice, Poland & Austria sign Treaty of Carlowitz with Ottoman Empire

1748 – Britain, Netherlands, Austria & Sardinia sign anti-French treaty

1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day

1797 – Russia, Prussia & Austria sign treaty

1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library

1841 – Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain

1926 – 1st public demonstration of television by John Logie Baird in his laboratory in London

1929 – Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India’s independence

1932 – British submarine M-2 sinks in English Channel (60 dead)

1950 – India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion

1950 – Constitution of India goes into effect

1972 – Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute