Zoya Siddiqui

Zoya is a fledgling journalist with a natural penchant for wordsmithery and a soft corner for environment and wildlife. A literature student, she contributes articles on history, environment and latest fads.

This Day, That Year – January 28

London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight on this day in 1807. Did you know that: • Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” was published by Thomas Egerton in the UK on this day in 1813• A patent was granted to chemist Louis Pasteur for a process of brewing beer and ale on […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 27

Born on this day in 1832, Lewis Carroll was an English writer of children’s fiction, known for his facility with wordplay, logic, and fantasy. Some of his famous works include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. Did you know that: • A patent was granted to Thomas Edison for an electric incandescent […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 26

Hans Selye was a pioneering Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist born on this day in 1907. He is known for his work on the hypothetical response of an organism to stress. Did you know that: • The first electric dental drill was patented by George Green on this day in 1875• The world’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 25

Virginia Woolf was an English writer born on this day in 1882, considered to be one of the most important modernist twentieth-century authors. Did you know that: • Gustavus Dows patented a modern form of the soda fountain on this day in 1870• Michael Brassil received a patent for a candlestick on this day in […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 24

Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, a German inventor who built the first rocket-powered aircraft, was born on this day in 1888. Did you know that: • Charles Goodyear Jr. received a patent for the Goodyear Welt, a machine for sewing boots and shoes, on this day in 1871• The first canned beer, “Krueger’s Cream Ale,” was sold by Krueger Brewing […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 23

Wham-O toy company produced the first Frisbee disc, originally called the “Pluto”, on this day in 1957. Did you know that: • A patent for an envelope-making machine was granted to Jesse K. Park and Cornelius S. Watson on this day in 1849• Subhas Chandra Bose was an Indian nationalist born on this day in […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 22

Wilbur Scoville was an American pharmacist born on this day in 1865. He is best known for his creation of the “Scoville Organoleptic Test”, now standardized as the Scoville scale. Did you know that: • Johannes Brahms’ first piano concerto premiered in Hanover on this day in 1859• Lev Landau, the physicist who made fundamental […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 21

Horace Wells, the American dentist who pioneered the use of anaesthesia in dentistry, was born on this day in 1815. Did you know that: • John Fitch, American inventor of the steamboat, was born on this day in 1743• British crime writer Agatha Christie published her first novel “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” introducing the […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 20

Buzz Aldrin is an American former astronaut, engineer, and fighter pilot born on this day in 1930. He and mission commander, Neil Armstrong, were the first two people to land on the Moon. Did you know that: • William Kelly patented the blast furnace for manufacturing steel on this day in 1857• The first outdoor […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 19

Born on this day in 1809, Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery. Did you know that: • Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett patented food storage in tin cans on this day in 1825• The first […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 18

Born on this day in 1856, Daniel Hale Williams was an American surgeon who performed the first successful heart surgery. Did you know that: • Joseph Glidden, American inventor of the modern barbed wire, was born on this day in 1813• The Electro-Magnet, the first paper ever printed by the power of electromagnetism, was issued […]...Read More