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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
05/20/1498 Admiral Dom Vasco-da-Gama (c.1469-1524)-I, Count of Vidigueira, met the Jamerin of Calicut after arriving in India three days ago at Malabar Coast. He was joined by an experienced Gujarati pilot at Malindi. He was the 6th Governor and 2nd Viceroy of India.
05/20/1378 Daud Shah assasinated Mujahid Shah to become the fourth Bahmani Sultan, but himself was murdered by a slave.
05/20/1399 Saint Kabir was born.
05/20/1677 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won the fort of Jingi.
05/20/1750 Tipu Sultan, tiger of Mysore, was born. He was the son of Hyder Ali and born at Devanhalli village near Bangalore. Hyder Ali named his son after a great Sufi saint namely Tipu Mastan Aulia. Tipu Sultan was a great revolutionary freedom fighter, social reformer, musician and architect.
05/20/1776 Malharrao Holkar, founder of Indoor, passed away.
05/20/1850 Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, father of modern story writing in Marathi, was born.
05/20/1878 Bahameni Sultan Dawood Shah was assassinated.
05/20/1878 Krishnashastri Chiplunkar, Marathi novelist and omnicent, passed away.
05/20/1900 Sumitranandan Pant was born.
05/20/1915 Gandhiji founded Satyagraha Ashram (later known as Sabarmati Ashram after the name of the river) at Ahmedabad.
05/20/1932 Bipinchandra Ramchandra Pal, powerful journalist and revolutionary freedom fighter, passed away. He was amongst the trio which was known as ""Lal - Bal - Pal"" during the freedom struggle. He started a newspaper called ""Swaraj"" for the Indians in England. He also edited several other newspapers like ""Tribune"", ""New India"", ""Vande Mataram"", ""Swaraj"", ""Hindu Review"", ""Democrat"", ""Independent Bengali"", etc.
05/20/1940 Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), passed away.
05/20/1957 Tanguturi Prakasam, great lawyer, journalist, nationalist, politician, social reformer, leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, passed away at Hyderabad.
05/20/1964 P. T. Usha, famous sprinter, was born.
05/20/1965 Under the leadership of Commander M. S. Kohli, Indian Trackers concurred Mount Everest. Captain A. S. Chima and Sherpa Nawang Gombu were the first to reach the summit.
05/20/1972 Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone of 2nd Howrah bridge at Calcutta.
05/20/1976 Oil production started from Bombay High.
05/20/1987 G. G. Jadhav `Pudhari', editor of daily newspaper, passed away.
05/20/1991 A. S. L. V. was launched.
05/20/1991 General Election (10th) of India begins.
05/20/1992 Jayalalitha sacks R. M. Veerappan from her cabinet in Tamil Nadu.
05/20/1992 V. Prabhakaran, LTTE supremo, heads the list of 41 accused in the SIT chargesheet.
05/20/1992 Third developmental launch of ASLV. Stretched Rohini Satellite Series (SROSS-C). Launched by third developmental flight of ASLV-D3. This carried Gamma Ray astronomy and aeronomy payload.
05/20/1994 K. Brahmananda Reddy, 83, former Andhra Pradesh CM, passed away in Hyderabad.
05/20/1994 Indian ship rescues over 2000 Indian nationals trapped in the embattled Yemen's port city of Aden.
05/20/1996 CPI Leader Indrajit Gupta appointed pro-term speaker in the Lok Sahba.
05/20/1996 Janaki Ramachandran, chief minister of Tamil Nadu (1988), passed away.
05/20/1999 The CWC expels Sharad Pawar, M. P. A. Sangma and Tariq Anwar for six years from the primary membership of the party.


Other Historical Dates and Events
07/31/1991Air Chief Marshal Nirmal Chandra Suri PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC. became the Air Officer Commanding, India Command. He was in this office till 31/July/1993.
12/06/1897Lekhraj Kishanchand Mirchandani (Aziz), famous Sindhi poet, essay writer and critic, was born.
06/06/1947Gandhiji writes to Mountbatten, with Pakistan conceded, to persuade Jinnah to amicable settle all outstanding points with Congress.
08/05/1986Vellupillai Prabakaran, Tamil rebel leader, died. The vision of secession for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority may have come to an end. But so, too, might the violence that the nation had endured. Today, Tamil rebel leader Vellupillai Prabakaran accepted the peace accord signed last week by India and Sri Lanka. Prabakaran surrendered to Indian forces and his men turned over their weapons. The pact is seen as a compromise by the co-signers. But to the dejected Tamil leader, who has fought since childhood for a Tamil victory, it was a stinging defeat. The treaty creates an autonomous multi-religious zone in the eastern and northern provinces. The rebels dreamed and passed away for a separate state of their own.
11/03/1933Amartya Kumar Sen, economist, was born at Santiniketan (Bangal).
01/26/1926V. G. Kanitkar, famous Marathi literatteur, was born.
07/01/1975Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India, declared a 20-point economic programme.
05/01/1992C. Arjun, famous music director, passed away.
08/27/1997Daljeet Singh and Debi Bose set national records in the Federation Cup athletics at Chennai in javelin throw and hurdles respectively.
01/14/1896Chintaman Dwarkanath Deshmukh, former Finance Minister of India, was born.