This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 11th of January”.
Sir Frederick G Banting, Charles H Best and JJR Macleod discovered Insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921. Subsequently, James B Colip purified it. People with Type 1 Diabetes rarely lived more than a year or two before 1921. However, on January 11 1922, insulin was first used in the treatment of diabetes. Today it is the only effective treatment for Type 1 Diabetes. Hence, it is one of the greatest medical discoveries of the twentieth century.
Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi was born on January 11, 1954 in Vidisha, a small town in Madhya Pradesh. The Indian social reformer is known for campaigning against child labour in the country. He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize along with Malala Yousafzai in 2014. Additionally, he is the founder of many social activist organizations like Global Campaign for Education; etc.
Lal Bahadur Shastri, one of the most renowned and respected politicians in Indian History died on January 11, 1966. He went to Tashkent to sign the Tashkent MoU as the prime minister of India. This was to end the 1965 war with Pakistan.
Shastri was well when he went there. But immediately on the night of January 11, 1966 there was sudden news that he died of a heart attack. However, the mystery around his death continues till date.
Following the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri, Gulzarilal Nanda became the caretaker Prime Minister of India. He was an Indian economist and politician. The political figure had served before as the caretaker PM i.e. after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964.
Bangladesh, India’s neighboring country was called East Pakistan. The Bengali Muslim-dominated part of India went under the control of Pakistan. However, East Pakistan was liberated from Pakistan. January 11 marks as a significant day in Bangladesh’s history. On this day in 1972, the country renamed itself from East Pakistan to Bangladesh. Additionally, Abu Saeed Chaudhary became the first President. While Sheikh Mujib Ur-Rehman became the first Prime Minister.
Rahul Sharad Dravid, also known as Mr. Dependable was born on January 11, 1973. His birth place is Indore, Madhya Pradesh. However, his family later moved to Bangalore, Karnataka.
Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. Additionally, he is the Director of Cricket Operations at the National Cricket Academy located in Bengaluru. The master player also monitors the progress of India A and India under-19 cricket teams. He was known for his batting technique. Moreover, he has scored nearly 25,000 runs in international cricket.
The movie Slumdog Millionaire revolved around an orphan from the Mumbai slums. This uplifting drama features Jamal, the winner of a popular TV quiz show to be accused of cheating. However, Jamal recounts his past, explaining how he knew the answer to all the questions.
The sensational movie won four awards- Best Drama, Best Director, Screenplay and Score at the Golden Globe Awards January 11, 2009.