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14th April History – Jai Bheem

14th April History – Jai Bheem

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14th April History

April 14th History is marked by significant events that have changed the course of history. This date has marked numerous occasions worth remembering. Let’s take a glimpse into the past and explore some of the noteworthy events that have taken place on this day in history.

“Study the past and you define the future.” This quote by Confucius, speaks so little yet defines so much. Civilizations have evolved across time marking significant events along their path. Each day has its own stories and today, I share 14th April History with my readers.

NASA recently published a report which said that the James Webb Space Telescope has taken stunning images of the solar system’s other ice giant, the planet Uranus. The new image features dramatic rings as well as bright features in the planet’s atmosphere. Uranus is a unique planet that rotates on its side at roughly a 90-degree angle from the planet of its orbit. With this news, I bring you to the first story of 14th March History.

A Name for Galileo’s Lens

14th April History takes us to the year 1611 when Galileo Galilei’s invention which could magnify objects was given the name of ‘Telescope’ by Prince Federico Cesi. Cesi coined the word telescope from the Greek words “tele” meaning far and “skopein” meaning to see. Galileo wanted to name it something other than “perspective tube.” Cesi suggested the word “telescope,” and it quickly gained popularity as the name for this new invention.

The telescope revolutionized astronomy, allowing astronomers to see further into space than ever before and leading to some of the most important discoveries in the field. Today, telescopes are used not only by astronomers but also by scientists, engineers, and hobbyists for a wide range of applications, from observing distant stars and galaxies to monitoring weather patterns on Earth. The invention of the telescope remains one of the most significant milestones in the history of science and technology.

The first fictional Gumshoe

While Telescope has revolutionized the Space investigating process, the events of my next story will take you through another form of investigation, the Gumshoes or the Detective. It was April 14th, 1841, Edgar Allan Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue” was first published in Graham’s Magazine, marking the birth of the modern detective story. This short story introduced the character of C. Auguste Dupin, a brilliant detective who uses logic and deductive reasoning to solve complex crimes.

The story itself revolves around the brutal murder of two women in a locked room in Paris. The police are baffled, but Dupin uses his powers of observation and reasoning to uncover the truth behind the murders. His methods, including a detailed examination of the crime scene and an analysis of the victim’s injuries, paved the way for future detectives in both fiction and real life.

“Murders in Rue Morgue” was well-received upon its initial publication and helped establish Poe as a leading figure in American literature. The story has since become a classic, inspiring countless detective novels and movies. Its influence can be seen in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Satyajit Ray, Saradendu Bondhopadhyay, and many others who have followed in Poe’s footsteps.

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These were some of the significant events of 14th April from the pages of history. With that I come to the end of this episode, but before bidding goodbye join me in paying a tribute to B. R. Ambedkar the man behind the Indian constitution who shares his birth anniversary with the legendary Ali Akbar Khan and Shamshad Begum whose musical excellence remains unmatched, and Abdullah Yusuf Ali who translated the Qur’an into English.



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