Today marks the 150th birth anniversary of great poet Rabindranath Tagore. Being the 'Author of Gitanjali', he became the first Asian Nobel laureate and the first non European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Today his birth anniversary is being celebrated across West Bengal.
On this day in 1794, Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror. He was a French nobleman prominent in the histories of chemistry and biology. He named both oxygen (1778) and hydrogen (1783) was also the first to establish that sulphur was an element (1777) rather than a compound.
In 1847, The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson.
In 1877, The first Westminister Dog Show was held.
In 1879, George Selden applied for the first automobile patent.
In 1886, Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what was later called as "Coca-Cola."
In 1914, The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
In 1921, Sweden abolished capital punishment.
In 1939, Clay Puett's electric starting gate was used for the first time.
In 1945, V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
In 1954, Parry O'Brien became the first to toss a shot put over 60 feet. O'Brien achieved a distance of 60 feet 5 1/4 inches.