Archives / February 2009

  • February 9, 2009 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    This is hilarious!

    In spite of what you have been told by everyone, the truth is that Valentine’s Day originated hundreds of years ago, in India, and to top it all, in the state of Gujarat !!! It is a well known fact that Gujarati men, specially the Patels, continually mistreat and disrespect their wives (Patelianis) . One […]

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  • February 6, 2009 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    The Complete CSS Tags

    Text and Fonts font font-family font-size font-weight font-style font-variant line-height letter-spacing word-spacing text-align text-decoration text-indent text-transform vertical-align white-space Colours and Backgrounds color background-color background background-image background-repeat background-position background-attachment The Box Model – dimensions, padding, margin and borders padding, padding-top, padding-right, padding-bottom, padding-left border, border-top, border-right, border-bottom, border-left border-style, border-top-style, border-right-style, border-bottom-style, border-left-style border-color, border-top-color, border-right-color, […]

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  • February 5, 2009 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    February 14

    February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 320 days remaining until the end of the year (321 in leap years). February 14 is internationally known as Valentine’s Day, named after Saint Valentinus of Terni, in Italy, executed in 270. Births * 1404 – Leone Battista Alberti, Italian […]

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  • February 2, 2009 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early […]

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July 25, 1978: World’s First Test Tube Baby Born

Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017 - This Day in World History

On this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) is born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown. The healthy baby was delivered shortly before midnight by caesarean section and weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces.

Before giving birth to Louise, Lesley Brown had suffered years of infertility due to blocked fallopian tubes. In November 1977, she underwent the then-experimental IVF procedure. A mature egg was removed from one of her ovaries and combined in a laboratory dish with her husband’s sperm to form an embryo. The embryo then was implanted into her uterus a few days later. Her IVF doctors, British gynecologist Patrick Steptoe and scientist Robert Edwards, had begun their pioneering collaboration a decade earlier. Once the media learned of the pregnancy, the Browns faced intense public scrutiny. Louise’s birth made headlines around the world and raised various legal and ethical questions.

The Browns had a second daughter, Natalie, several years later, also through IVF. In May 1999, Natalie became the first IVF baby to give birth to a child of her own. The child’s conception was natural, easing some concerns that female IVF babies would be unable to get pregnant naturally. In December 2006, Louise Brown, the original “test tube baby,” gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who also was conceived naturally.

Today, IVF is considered a mainstream medical treatment for infertility. Hundreds of thousands of children around the world have been conceived through the procedure, in some cases with donor eggs and sperm.