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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
11/24/1948Ashok Gandotra, cricketer (Two Tests for India 1969), was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
04/06/1985Bombay beat Delhi by 90 runs to win the Ranji Trophy final.
10/09/1931Air Force was established.
08/10/1979Rohini Technology Payload (RTP) intended for measuring in-flight performance of first experimental flight of SLV-3, the first Indian Space launch vehicle, failed to be placed in orbit.
09/25/1914Devilal, former deputy Prime Minister of India and leader of farmers, was born.
04/15/1984Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab, India.
07/11/1832British Parliament finally rejected to remove the appeal of Hindus puritans against Sutee abolition, as demanded by tradional orthodox Indians.
06/24/1996Nanchil K. Manoharan, former DMK Finance Minister, expelled from the party.
06/07/1974Mahesh Bhupathi, Tennis star, was born. He is the winner of French Open 1997 (mixed doubles) and 1999 (doubles) and Wimbledon 1999.
06/05/1923Santosh Kumar Kisku Rev, great educationist and social worker, was born.