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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
The first ship of the Dutch East India Company returned from Far East.
8/20/1828 Brahmo Samaj, the first movement to initiate religio-social reforms, was founded by Ram Mohun Roy (1772-1833) in Calcutta. Influenced by Islam and Christianity, Roy denounced polytheism, idol worship, repudiated the Vedas, avataras, karma and reincarnation, caste and more. The first session of Adi Brahmo Samaj was held in the rented house by Kamal Bose of Chitpore Road in Jorasanko area in Calcutta.
8/20/1885 First meeting of the Indian National Congress held.
8/20/1905 Lord George Curzon reigned as the Viceroy of India. He was then replaced by Lord Minto II, the Earl of Minto.
8/20/1909 Urmila Devi Shastri, freedom fighter, was born at Srinagar.
8/20/1915 Devraj Ars, former chief minister of Karnataka, was born.
8/20/1917 Declaration of historic 'Mongegue'.
8/20/1917 Raja Kulkarni, freedom fighter and politician, was born at Mhaswa village in Maharashra.
8/20/1921 The Mopla revolt, one of the important uprisings of India, was started at Kerala.
8/20/1933 Mahatma Gandhi is rushed to the hospital on the fourth day of his latest fast.
8/20/1944 Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India and Bharat Ratna awardee, was born in Bombay.
8/20/1955 Jawaharlal Nehru breaks off relations with the Portuguese after the invasion of Goa by Indian nationalists.
8/20/1969 Varahagiri Venkata Giri was elected President and G. S. Pathak as Vice President of India.
8/20/1974 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed elected President of India with B. D. Jatti as Vice President.
8/20/1979 Indian premier Charan Singh resigns.
8/20/1985 Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, a ragi, reluctant politician and Sikh leader, died. He was shot by Sikh extremists at Sherpur.
8/20/1986 A restructured 20-point programme announced.
8/20/1988 Earthquake measuring 6.5 on Richter Scale strikes India and Nepal. Thousands killed.
8/20/1991 India's Ambassador to Romania J.F.Ribeiro shot by Sikh extremists in Bucharest.
8/20/1991 Indian Oil Executive Director K. Doraiswamy released after 52 days of being in the custody of Kashmir ultras.
8/20/1991 Sivarasan and Subha, the main suspects in Rajiv Gandhi case, commit suicide in Bangalore.
8/20/1993 Mother Teresa hospitalized for malaria.
8/20/1995 305 killed and 345 injured in collision between Purushottam Express and Kalindi Express at Murlinagar near Firozabad (UP).
8/20/1995 India and China decide to withdraw four army battalions from Chu Sumdurong valley near the Line of Actual Control.
8/20/1995 Indira Mahila Vikas Yojana launched.
8/20/1996 India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's, England.
8/20/1997 Lata Mangeshkar receives the Fifth Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award from the President.
8/20/1997 Arun Gawli, Mumbai underworld don, arrested for his alleged involvement in the killing of a builder.
8/20/1997 Premananda, self-styled godman, sentenced by Pudukottai district and sessions court to life imprisonment for two terms and a fine of Rs. 66.4 lakhs for rape of 13 inmates of his ashram and murder of a male inmate.
8/20/1998 The Punjab and Haryana High Court upholds the conviction of former Punjab DGP K.P.S. Gill for outraging the modesty of an IAS officer Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj.


Other Historical Dates and Events
6/14/1995RBI announces the introduction of appointing ombudsmen to redress grievances and disputes of bank customers.
3/19/1999Salgaocar emerged National Football League champions in Calcutta with a match to spare.
4/10/1875Swami Dayanand Saraswati established the Arya Samaj at Bombay and in 1877 in Lahore.
4/10/1875Malik Kafur, Alauddin Khilji's Commander, won the impregnable fort of Devgiri. The fort was entered by the enemy. Raja Ramdeva was taken prisoner and sent to Delhi where Alauddin recieved him untill his death in 1312.
4/18/1930Surya Sen alias Masterda attacked on Armoury of Chittagong with 62 men of the Indian Republican Army.
10/31/1999The Ram Janmabhoomi Trust president ends fast in support of his eight-point demands including improvement of 'puja' and 'darshan' arrangements of 'Ram Lala' at the temple.
10/20/1752The grateful Wazir induced the emperor to make Badan Singh the 'Raja' with the title of Mahendra, and Suraj Mal the 'Mumar Bahadur' with the title of Rajendra.
9/12/1995Heavy rainfall in the Himalaya region, resulting in landslide, claimed 70 lives near Kullu.
4/26/1908Judge Sarv Mittra Sikri, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India, was born.
11/1/1956Madhya Pradesh State High Court was established at Jabalpur having its benches in Gwalior and Indore.