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[ 19-01-2004 ] Birth of Scottish Inventor James Watt (19th January 1736)
Scottish inventor. While working at the Univ. of Glasgow as an instrument maker, Watt was asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen's steam engine. He devised improvements that resulted in a new type of engine (patented 1769) with a separate condensing chamber, an air pump to bring steam into the chamber, and parts of the engine insulated. The watt, a unit of electrical power, was named for him.
[ 19-01-2004 ] Indira Gandhi Becomes First Female PM in India(19th January 1966)
Indira Gandhi becomes head of the Congress Party and thus prime minister of India after the death of Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, She was India's first female head of government and by the time of her assassination in 1984 was one of its most controversial.
Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the independent Republic of India.




 
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