Today In History


Akbar captured Ahmednagar.


The first rupee coin was minted in Calcutta by the East India Company.


S. Satyamurti, freedom fighter and social worker, was born at Thirumeyyam in the former Pudukottah State.


On this day in 1909, the first race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500. In front of some 12,000 spectators, automotive engineer Louis Schwitzer won the two-lap, five-mile inaugural race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 19, 1909.


Sister Alphonsa, teacher and social worker, was born at Kudamaloor, Kerala.


Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, former President of India , was born.


Dr. Hiralal died. He was a distinguished historian and contributed numerous articles to ‘Indian Antiquary’, ‘Epigraphia Indica’, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, etc. He was also an honorary correspondent in Archaeology to the Government of India.


On this day in 1934, Adolf Hitler , already chancellor, was also elected president of Germany in an unprecedented consolidation of power in the short history of the republic.


The last Japanese troops driven out of India.


Bill Clinton was born


Cabinet Mission ‘s plan announced an interim government, which was formed by reconstituting the Viceroy’s Executive Council. The Muslim League took umbrage and started direct action. Riots broke out as Muslims attacked Hindu’s in Calcutta and the rest of Bengal. The Viceroy persuaded the Muslim League to join the government. But the League declined to join the Constituent Assembly unless the demand for a seperate state of “Pakistan” was concerned.


Cambodia and the U.S. signed a military aid agreement worth $40 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1971. The equipment included small arms, ammunition, communications equipment, spare parts and training funds.


Nagarjun Sagar University established in Andhra Pradesh.


Earthquake measuring 7.7-8.9 on the Richter Scale hits Indian Ocean. It is believed to be the strongest ever earthquake.


K.R.Narayanan elected the ninth Vice President of India .


Rupee made fully convertible on current account.


India’s role in ASEAN , ARF is lauded at a colloquium in Singapore.


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