Discover the history of 9th June, including the surrender of the French army to the British in Trichinopoly in 1752, marking a turning point in the colonial rivalry, and the revolutionary moment in dental history when Charles Graham introduced porcelain false teeth in 1822.
Before I share the history of 9th June, let me ask you a question. Do you want to be lucky? If so, you can think about relocating to Birmingham because I read a report on BBC that said according to the National Lottery, Birmingham has been designated as the most fortunate location to reside in within the United Kingdom. Since the lottery’s inception in 1994, a staggering 205 individuals in the city have become millionaires, averaging out to approximately one millionaire every seven weeks. It could entirely be a coincidence however over the course of the past three years alone, Birmingham has witnessed the emergence of 35 millionaires within its boundaries. Kathy Garrett, responsible for presenting prizes to these victorious individuals, remarked that the distribution of lottery winners across the country is relatively balanced, but Birmingham has simply emerged as the luckiest location in this regard.
So as you decide on relocation, let me share the history of 9th June.
French Army surrenders to British forces
The availability of bounteous resources has attracted various clans to the mystic realm of India. Amongst others were the French who came sometime in the year 1667 and established the first trading post in Surat. Over the period of time, they established their base in other parts of the country. Once such base was Trichinopoly, and today as I turn the pages of the history of 9th June I come to this very land in the year 1752.
It was on this day when the French army surrendered to the British forces in Trichinopoly in Tamil Nadu. This surrender marked a significant turning point in the colonial rivalry between France and Britain, consolidating British control and influence in the region.
The surrender of the French army to the British in Trichinopoly, was a critical moment in the larger conflict between France and Britain in India known as the Carnatic Wars. Trichinopoly was a strategically important city due to its position in the heart of the Carnatic region.
The battle for Trichinopoly had been raging for several years, with both sides vying for control over this crucial territory. The French, led by General Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau, had initially managed to gain the upper hand, occupying the city and fortifying their position. However, the British, under the leadership of Robert Clive and Stringer Lawrence, mounted a determined campaign to recapture Trichinopoly.
Through a combination of military tactics, alliances with local Indian princes, and skilled diplomacy, the British gradually weakened the French hold on the city. The French forces, besieged and facing dwindling resources, ultimately surrendered on June 9, 1752, marking a significant victory for the British East India Company.
I am not sure whether Robert Clive had a smiling face that day, but my next story from the history of 9th June is all about smiles for sure.
Charles Graham and his porcelain false teeth
On June 9, 1822, the world witnessed a truly revolutionary moment in dental history. Charles Graham, a witty innovator from New York, decided that humans deserved more than just pearly whites – we needed porcelain false teeth! Picture this: a room filled with people eagerly awaiting Charles Graham’s big reveal. As he lifted the lid of a box, gasps of amazement echoed through the room. There they were, teeth so white they could blind the sun! The crowd erupted in applause, not only for the invention but also for the sheer audacity of patenting fake teeth. Finally, the dentally challenged could smile with confidence, though they had to be careful not to chew their words and accidentally spit out a sentence or two. No longer would they be mistaken for pirates, shouting, “Arrrr, me toothy treasures!” Thanks to Charles Graham’s ingenuity, the world would never look at porcelain or false teeth the same way again.
That’s all for the day.
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A devoted foodie with keen interest in wild life, music, cinema and travel Somashis has evolved over time . Being an enthusiastic reader he has recently started making occasional contribution to write-ups.