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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
Sikh Guru Amardasji, great social worker and teacher, was born at Basare village near Amritsar district.
5/5/1818 Karl Marx, great journalist, chief editor, writer and social worker, was born at Trier, Germany.
5/5/1903 Former minister William Petty declares Persian Gulf a part of British dominion in India.
5/5/1903 Tirupur Subramaniam Avinashilingam Chettiar, freedom fighter, educationist and politician, was born at Tirupur (Tamil Nadu).
5/5/1906 Ursula Jeans, actress (I Lived With You, Over the Moon), was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
5/5/1916 Giani Zail Singh, President of India, was born in Sandhwan village, Punjab.
5/5/1929 Curfew was imposed in a bid to quell Hindu-Muslim riots that had claimed 21 lives in Bombay.
5/5/1930 Gandhiji was arrested and imprisoned without trial. As a result there was ''hartal'' (strike)all over India. Over 100,000 people were jailed before the end of the year.
5/5/1932 Prabhatkumar Mukhopadhyay, famous Bengali short story writer and novelist, passed away.
5/5/1942 Henry Albert John Gidney, great leader and politician, died at New Delhi.
5/5/1944 Gandhi-Jinnah talks break down on Pakistan issue.
5/5/1946 Simla Conference in session from May 5 to May 12; Gandhiji's deliberations prove anfractuous.
5/5/1947 Gandhiji denies in an interview that communal division of India is inevitable.
5/5/1955 Indian parliament accept Hindu divorce.
5/5/1966 Jan Congress Party was established in Orissa.
5/5/1971 India appeals for urgent aid for 1.8 mil. for Bangladeshi refugees in New Delhi.
5/5/1972 Loknathan P. S., great economist, passed away.
5/5/1977 Chandra Shekar chosen President of the Janatha Party.
5/5/1983 Keshavrao Kothavle 'Lalit', editor of monthly magzine, passed away.
5/5/1986 Controversial Muslim Women Bill passed by Lok Sabha.
5/5/1989 Naval Tata, famous industrialist, passed away.
5/5/1992 Prithvi, India's medium range surface-to-surface missile, successfully launched.
5/5/1993 Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], famous Indian guru, passed away at 73 yrs.
5/5/1994 Revolt against Nar Bahadur Bhandari government in Sikkim, Sanchaman Limboo elected new leader.
5/5/1998 Yashwant Sinha and Madan Lal Khurana, Union Ministers, are discharged in the hawala case.
5/5/2000 Supreme Court permits former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha (petitioner) to have herself and the others examined as ''defence witnesses'' in connection with the trial of the 'Colour TV scam case'.


Other Historical Dates and Events
12/16/1992The Parliament adopts resolution condemning the demolition of the mosque at Ayodhya and centre appoints a one-man judicial commission to enquire into the Ayodhya incidents.
6/18/1966California's hippie subculture converged into a mass of long hair, flowers, and rock music this weekend, as 50,000 flowed into the fairgrounds of the Monterey International Pop Festival. The event featured the largest collection of major rock acts ever assembled; thousands of fans had to be turned away from the sold-out concert. Established artists such as the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding, and the Mamas and the Papas received the expected ovations from the huge audience. But the response was equally enthusiastic for performances by Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar and new talents Janis Joplin, the Who, and Jimi Hendrix, a young man who played the electric guitar like nobody else.
9/22/1979Israel conducts nuclear test at Indian Ocean.
1/14/1938Belur Math, new temple, was consecrated in Calcutta.
8/15/1950Earthquake measuring 8.6 on Richter Scale hits Assam in north eastern India claiming 11,000 lives.
9/9/1997G. K. Moopanar, Tamil Maanila Congress president, and his party colleagues Jayanthi Natarajan, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, and Peter Alphonse, resign from Rajya Sabha membership following a petition filed by Shiv Sena member Sanjay Nirupam seeking their disqualification 'for defecting from Congress(I)'.
4/16/1997Anupama Gokhale wins National women's `A' chess in Calcutta.
5/26/1946Gandhiji considers 'Plan' the best document produced by British Government under the circumstances.
4/13/1919Jallianwala Baug massacre. The great Indian tragedy occured in Amritsar which claimed 389 lives and wounded 1,516 activitists fighting for Indian independence. Early in 1919, the Rowlatt Act (Black Act) was passed. This authorized the Government to imprison any person without any trial and conviction in a court of law. This furious act was under the guidence of cruel Brigedier General R. E. H. Dyer and his 50 men troop. Michael O' Dwyer was then the Governor of Punjab who naturally defended the action. This day is observed as Jallianwala Baug Day.
7/31/1992Thailand Airlines crashed in Himalayan Range, 113 persons died.