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On This Day | 15 september | Knowledge booster | GK

15 September, 1954: Marilyn Monroe Iconic "Skirt" scene filmed.

The iconic skirt scene of Marilyn Monroe
The iconic skirt scene of Marilyn Monroe
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Laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway, Marilyn Monroe's iconic skirt scene was filmed during the filming of The Seven Year Itch, on this day in 1954. After the scene was filmed Monroe's husband Joe DiMaggio got infuriated, he felt it was exhibitionist and the couple divorced soon after.

Born as Norma Jean Mortensun. also Norma Jean Baker, Monroe had a tragic childhood. When Norma Jean was five her mother, a negative cutter at several film studios was mentally unstable and institutionalized. After which the little girl lived in several foster homes where she was abused and neglected. At the age of 16 she married to a 21 year old aircraft plant worker named Joe Dougherty.

Monroe used to work as a paint sprayer after her husband was send overseas with the military in 1944. Being noticed by a Photographer, she soon became a Pin-up girl, later 20th century Fox and Columbia signed her but dropped her after a film, being unemployed Monroe posed nude for a calendar for $50; which later sold its million copies and made $750,000. Fox once again signed her in 1950, and began giving her feature roles. In 1950, she starred with Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she played the role of fortune hunter Lorelei Lee. After her divorce from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, Monroe announced that she will find her own studio. In 1956, she married an intellectual play writer Arthur Miller. 

Monroe made her last picture as The Misfits, in 1961, the film was written by Miller especially for her. She divorced him a week before the film opened. Monroe died on August 1962 due an overdose of sleeping pills, which ruled a possible suicide.

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15 September, 1916: Tanks are employed for the first time in history.

On this day-The British deployed tanks against the Germans, it was the first time in the human history that tanks were employed in a war.

First tank used in a battlefield
British MK-I Tank- The first tank used in a battlefield
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 During the battle of Somme, about 40 tanks escalated over a mile into enemies line but were too slow to hold their positions, Germans counter attacked which lead to  mechanical breakdown of these tanks. Although the forty tanks could not do much in the battlefield because of their slow speed but  Allied forces commander at the Somme, General Douglas Haig, saw the capability of the new war instrument and ordered the department of war to produce hundred more. The new tanks were upgraded and showed better results. The new war machines proved to be the change of course in the battle fields.

From that day till now tanks are active components of war, with upgrades now and then these heavy war machines are now one of the major game changers as well as capable of working in all terrains and in all conditions.


15 September, 1978: World Heavyweight Championship won by Muhammad Ali.

 After defeating Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Muhammad Ali became the World Heavyweight Champion title for the third time in his career and first fighter ever to do so.

Muhammad Ali

Born on January, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. changed his name to Muhammad Ali after he converted to Islam in 1964. He made his professional boxing debut against Tunney Hasaker and earned a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. On February 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali became the world Heavyweight Champion for the first time by defeating the heavily favored Sonny Liston in six rounds and declared himself as the greatest.

Muhammad Ali who once claimed that he could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," permanently ended his sports career in 1987.

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