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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
02/02/1314 Saint Narhari Sonar, a poet-saint of the Varkari smanaj and goldsmith (sonar) from Maharashtra had taken Samadhi. His transition from a staunch Shaiva to a Vithoba-worshipping Varkari, after a miracle that makes him realize that Vithoba and Shiva are one and the same.
02/02/1788 Pitt's Regulatory Act was was introduced to modify the Indian Administration and put further controls on Government of India after the 1784 Bill.
02/02/1814 Calcutta Museum was established. It was a part of the Asiatic Society at a suggestion of a Danish surgeon Dr. Nathaniel Wallich, who was its first Director also.
02/02/1835 Thomas Babington Macaulay westernises education in India. English is made official government and court language and as medium of instruction.
02/02/1862 Pandit Shambhunath was the first Indian to become Judge of Indian High Court.
02/02/1915 Khushvant Singh, famous journalist, was born.
02/02/1917 Maharshi Vinayak Ramchandra Patwardhan (Annasaheb), collegue of Lokmanya Tilak, passed away.
02/02/1921 Mukundrao Kirloskar was born.
02/02/1930 Vasudev Govind Apte, editor and dictrionay creator, passed away.
02/02/1949 Press Trust of India' was established.
02/02/1952 India won first cricket Test Match at Chepauk Stadium, Madras.
02/02/1953 All India Khadi and Village Industries Board started in New Delhi.
02/02/1956 The president inaugurated the Bhoodan padyatra led by Dr. Sushila Nayar.
02/02/1958 Family tradition still counts for something in Indian politics. Indira Gandhi, the only daughter of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the granddaughter of a statesman, has been elected president of the Congress party in India. Mrs. Gandhi will be installed into her new office next Sunday, and her job is not expected to be an easy one. The Congress party has been wracked by internal dissension and has been on the verge of collapse. It is hoped that Mrs. Gandhi, who is 41, will breath some new life into the party. Most of the politicians who have been arguing about the future of their party and country are fairly old. Mrs. Gandhi, who is known for her leftist sentiments, is expected to act quickly to put her own mark on party policies.
02/02/1959 Indira Gandhi was elected the president of the ruling Congress Executive Party. Thereby Congress spilt,and leftist formed Swantantra Party.
02/02/1964 Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, social reformer and freedom fighter, passed away.
02/02/1965 Government sanction was accorded to the Officers Training School for the start of Short Service Regular Commission.
02/02/1967 US President Johnson orders consignment of 2 mil. tons of food grains to be sent to India.
02/02/1968 TERLS dedicated to the United Nations.
02/02/1970 Bertrand Rusell, great philosopher, mathematician, author and chairmain of the Indian League, died at Merioneth, North Wales at the age of 98.
02/02/1977 Jagjivan Ram, Cabinet member of 30 years, resigns to protest emergency rule causing minor split in Congress party.
02/02/1978 The Indian National Congress (I) recognized as a national party and allotted the election symbol 'hand' (Palm).
02/02/1978 Mahakavi G. Sankara Kurup, Malayalam poet, the first receipent of ""Gyanpeeth Puraskar (Award)"", and many other awards, passed away.
02/02/1982 Geet Sethi becomes the youngest Indian to win the National Billiards' crown at Madras.
02/02/1982 Mohanlal Purushottamdas Sukhadia, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, freedom fighter, passed away. He was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1954-1971. He introduced Panchayati Raj in Rajasthan and worked for its industrialisation also.
02/02/1986 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India.
02/02/1989 France's highest civilian award, 'Legion d' Honour, conferred upon Satyajit Ray by President Mitterrand at Calcutta.
02/02/1993 Prices of iron and steel hiked.
02/02/1996 Gold price zooms to all-time record high of Rs. 5600 per 10 grams.
02/02/1996 Doordarshan Kendra was inagurated at Port Blair.
02/02/2000 The Government decides to appoint former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah as the Chairman of the National Commission to review the Constitution.
02/02/2000 The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry clears Ms. Deepa Mehta's film ''Water'' after the director agreed to make some changes in the script.


Other Historical Dates and Events
12/13/1947Nicholas Raerich, great philosopher, master-artist, prolific writer, scientist, educator, designer, poet, humanitarian, explorer, leader and social worker, died at Naggar, Kulu.
03/09/1996Chaudhary Randhir Singh appointed Governor of Sikkim.
09/27/1958Mihir Sen becomes the first Indian to cross the English Channel from Dover to Calais.
06/06/1997Five killed and 17 injured in a bus explosion in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.
06/27/1964Teen Murti Bhavan, official residence of the Prime Minister of India, became the Nehru Memorial Museum.
03/09/1902Edward Durell Stone, US architect (US Embassy, New Delhi), was born.
03/14/1931First Indian talkie film 'Alam Ara' released at Majestic Cinema, Bombay. Directed by Ardeshir Irani, the film was 11,152 ft. long and was produced by Imperial Film Co., Bombay and beared censored No. 10043 on March 11. The most remarkable thing about this film was birth of sound in Indian films, it came with a bang and quickly displaced the silent movies and brought revolutionary changes in the whole set up of the industry.
03/20/1937England beat Scotland at Murrayfield for the first time for Soccer's Calcutta Cup, International Championship and Triple Crown, UK.
01/08/1025Sultan Mehmood completely destroyed the Temple of Somnath.
12/20/1992BJP launches campaign to oust Rao government; Vajpayee goes on fast.