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Years Ago Today: Farmers discover clay warriors near the tomb of the First Emperor of China

The terracotta army was made to serve and protect the emperor



1974: Chinese Terracotta Army Discovered

Chinese Farmers discovered clay warriors near the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang

A 2007 estimate of the tomb gives more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses buried at the site

The terracotta army was made to serve and protect the emperor in his afterlife

The Chinese Terracotta Army was discovered by farmers digging a well about 1 and half kilometres from the First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang’s Tomb, on March 29, 1974. According to the historian Sima Qian’s (145-90 BCE) accounts, written over a century after the completion of the mausoleum, the First Emperor was buried with palaces, towers, officials, valuable artefacts and wondrous objects. The terracotta army is said to have been made to serve and protect the emperor in his afterlife. A 2007 estimate of the tomb gives more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses buried at the site. In 1987, UNESCO named the tomb a World Heritage Site.

1976: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Wins Oscar

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest wins ‘Best Picture’ at 48th Academy Awards .

Starring Jack Nicholson, the film is set in an Oregon psychiatric facility

It is based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey with the same title .

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest won ‘Best Picture’ at 48th Academy Awards on March 29, 1976. The film stars Jack Nicholson, along with supporting actors Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Will Sampson and Brad Dourif. The film is based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, who worked the graveyard shift as an orderly at a mental health facility, with the same title. It is set in an Oregon psychiatric facility, critiquing the institutionalisation process and the workings of the human mind. It was written in a time when Civil Rights Movements were beginning to question the way psychology and psychiatry were approached in America.

1999: Chamoli earthquake killed more than 100

The earthquake occurred in Chamoli district, Uttar Pradesh ( now in Uttarakhand)

The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.8

The earthquake killed more than 100 people

A severe earthquake occurred in Chamoli district, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand) on 29th March 1999 killing more than 100 people. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.8 and it also affected five other districts of Uttar Pradesh, now all are in Uttarakhand. Among all Chamoli and Rudraprayag were the most affected districts. The earthquake resulted in severe ground deformation, landslides and changes in the groundwater flow. More than hundred people were injured and more than 50,000 houses were damaged. Over 2000 villages were affected. Even rescue operations were affected by landslides.