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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
01/31/1561 Akbar's Vajir-E-Ajam 'Bairam Khan' was assassinated at Patan, Gujarat by an Afghan assassin Mubarak Khan Lohani ( whose father was slain by Bairam Khan) in the battle of Machiwara.
01/31/1896 Dattatray Ramchandra Bendre, Bhartiya Gyanpeeth Award winner and Kannad poet, was born.
01/31/1903 Smt. Sharda Bhaurao Diwan, educationalist, was born.
01/31/1931 Gangadhar Mahambre, famous Mmarathi writer, was born.
01/31/1941 Second Lieutenant Premindra Singh Bhagat of the Bombay Sappers showed an act of unparalleled bravery and inspiring leadership when commanding a detachment of 21 Field company of the Bombay Sappers on the road to Gondar, in Abyssinia. Hence, The Victoria Cross (VC) was bestowed upon him and he became the first Indian Commissioned Officer receipeant of The Victoria Cross (VC).
01/31/1946 Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69), was born in Calcutta.
01/31/1948 Cities swept by riots in wake of Gandhi murder.
01/31/1949 Maharajas of Baroda and Kolhapur decide to merge their states with Bombay.
01/31/1958 First Earth Satellite Explorer I was launched from Cape Kennedy.
01/31/1960 Milkha Singh at Lahore sets record for 200m in 20.7s.
01/31/1961 Dr. Sri Krishna Sinha, first Chief Minister of Bihar, passed away.
01/31/1963 Peacock declared as National Bird of India.
01/31/1969 Saint Meherbaba passed away.
01/31/1976 Air Chief Marshal Om Prakash Mehra, PVSM, retired as the Air Officer Commanding, India Command.
01/31/1983 The first floating Dry Dock was launched at Howrah.
01/31/1985 Under the 52nd Constitutional Amendment, Anti-Defector Bill was passed unanimously in Lok Sabha. This avoided the Representatives of People to switch over political parties.
01/31/1986 Shri Vishwanath More, famous music director, passed away.
01/31/1992 LTTE Supremo, V. Prabhakaran, declared offender in Rajiv Gandhi murder case and ordered to surrender by a Madras court.
01/31/1992 The Securities and Exchange Board of India given statutory power as an autonomous body.
01/31/1994 Milind Desai, 12, the youngest editor in Gujarati journalism, died of leukemia.
01/31/1994 Punjab and Haryana High Court orders plastic surgery to remove 'Jebkatri' (pickpocket) tattooed on the forehead of four women by Amritsar Police.
01/31/1995 ISRO and Intelsat sign a $100 m 10-year-long agreement for leasing some of the capacity of the Indian-built INSAT-2E (scheduled for launch in 1997).
01/31/1996 Asia's first Sports University inaugurated in Pune.
01/31/1997 Government raises quantity of gold that can be brought into the country by non-residents to 10 kg. (from the existing 5).
01/31/1997 INS Vikrant, Indian Navy's first aircraft carrier, de-commissioned.
01/31/1997 Merger of SCICI and ICICI confirmed with effect from 1/4/1996.
01/31/1998 D. R. Karthikeyan became the director of Central Bureau of Investigation (till 31/03/98).
01/31/2000 All seven accused in the Jain hawala case discharged.


Other Historical Dates and Events
02/22/1994Punjab brought back to international air map after 10 years with the introduction of flights to 8 countries from Amritsar Rajasansi Airport.
11/05/1892John Burdon Sanderson Haldane, biologist, was born at Oxford.
03/28/1996JKLF declared unlawful by central govt.
01/25/1917Captain P.K. Sahgal, freedom fighter who attended Indian Military Academy course at Dehradun, was born at Hoshiarpur.
03/12/1941Chinese engineers leave to survey a route for the proposed 1,000-mile-long highway from Ningyuan, China to Assam, India.
04/24/1932450 people seized by British for defying ban on Indian National Congress.
12/03/1971Pakistan took the initiative of striking the airfields both in the East and the West. While the IAF carried out retaliatory air strikes in the West and shot the Pakistan Air Force (PAP) out of the skies.
10/05/1989Meerasahib Fatima Beevi, former High Court judge from Kerala, was named the first woman judge of the Supreme Court.
02/01/1855East India Railways were held for formal inauguration; Howrah station was opened.
10/31/1984Indira Gandhi, India's four-time prime minister, was gunned down by two members of her personal security guard as she walked from her home to her office in New Delhi. She died after four hours of emergency surgery. The only daughter of former Prime Minister Nehru was 66. Both of her attackers were identified as members of the Sikh religion. One was shot dead. The other was captured. Sikh extremists had threatened to kill Ms. Gandhi since she ordered the raid on their shrine in Amritsar. She had told an interviewer that she was not intimidated by the threats. 'I am not afraid,' she said. 'I am frequently attacked.'