Today in History
UAE Today – 27 October 2010
Saud is Ras Al Khaimah ruler as UAE mourns Shaikh Saqr
Ras Al Khaimah: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent his condolences after Shaikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, the late ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, died at dawn on Wednesday in Ras Al Khaimah.
The official mourning has been declared with effect from Wednesday for a week through which the flags will be flown at half mast.
For more information, please visit GULF NEWS online.
Adnatco takes delivery of first of 15 new vessels in South Korea
Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company (Adnatco) said Tuesday it had taken delivery of the newly built M.V. Shah, a 37,000 metric tonne deadweight handy size bulk carrier, in South Korea.
This is the first of 15 new vessels to be delivered over the next 11 months.
For more information, please visit GULF NEWS online
UAE establishes National Authority for Qualifications
National Authority for Qualifications will be affiliated to the Cabinet, have independent legal status and full legal capacity to act.
Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a federal decree to establish a National Authority for Qualifications.
According to the Federal Decree No. 1 for the year 2010, the authority will be affiliated to the Cabinet, have independent legal status and full legal capacity to act.
Under this system, the authority will grant equivalent certificates and qualifications of higher, general, technical education and vocational training.
More info at GULF NEWS Online
Sports – Cricket – Pakistan vs South Africa – 1st T20 match in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: Pakistan seek to regroup after their recent troubles to take on a strong and in-form South Africa in the first of their T20 internationals at the Zayed Cricket Stadium Tuesday night.
More info at GULF NEWS Online.
South Africa draw first blood
27 October 2010,
Dubai Mining firm strikes gold
Yemen is expected to announce a major gold discovery on a concession held by Thani Dubai Mining.
The company, a unit of the Dubai family-owned Thani group, is understood to be awaiting government clearance to announce proved reserves of about 2.2 million ounces of gold on its concession near the coastal town of Al Mukallah, southeast of Yemen’s famed Hadramaut region.
More info at THE NATIONAL Online.
UAE signs IRENA HQ agreement (Wam)
26 October 2010, ABU DHABI – The UAE on Monday (25 October 2010) signed the agreement for interim headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on the second day of the fourth session of the agency’s Preparatory Commission.
More information at Khaleej Times Online
Sharjah International Book Fair begins today (Wam)
SHARJAH – His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will open the 29th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair today.
The event is being organised by the Department of Culture and Information at Expo Sharjah.
This year’s event will feature over 200,000 titles from 53 countries.
For more information, visit Khaleej Times online
1946 1st rocket attains 100 mi (167 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico
1935 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution
1836 1st English newspaper published in Hawaii
1952 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
1927 1st iron lung installed, Bellevue hospital, New York
1920 1st transcontinental airmail flight from New York to SF
1914 1st transcontinental phone link made between New York City and SF
1899 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, New York
1858 U.S. citizens allowed to live anywhere in Japan
1786 1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pitts Gazette
1655 Biggest townhall in the world opens in Amsterdam
1959 Great Britain starts using postal codes
1940 Radio Orange, London begins
1933 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), New York City
1851 Total solar eclipse captured on a daguerreotype photograph
1953 1st insulin isolated by F Banting and C Best in Toronto
1949 1st jet-propelled airline, De Havilland Comet, flies
1945 U.S. Communist Party forms
1944 1st British jet fighter used in combat, Gloster Meteor
1920 Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation
1957 U.S.S.R. launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile
1915 International School for Wijsbegeerte forms
1887 1st Esperanto book published
1848 1st Woman’s Rights Convention, Senecca Falls, New York
1835 1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii
1775 1st Postmaster General: Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania takes office
1983 1st non-human primate, baboon, conceived in a lab dish, San Antonio
1981 Voyager 2 encounters Saturn
1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
1944 1st jet fighter used in combat, Messerschmitt 262
1933 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington
1987 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
1935 1st greeting telegram sent in Britain
1934 1st ptarmigan hatched and reared in captivity, Ithaca, New York
1870 1st trans-U.S. rail service begins
1793 France passes 1st copyright law