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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
09/05/1888Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), panentheist, great renaissance philosopher, eminent writer, free India's first vice-president and second president, was born at Tiruttani near Madras.
07/20/1991Chithira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma, former Maharaja of Travancore, passed away at the age of 78 years after a brief illness. His term as the descendant of the Chera dynasty saw many progressive reforms in the field of legislation, education and many more. He was hailed as ""Ashoka the second"", and Gandhiji parised him as a ""Historical wonder"".
05/13/1962Bharat Ratna, India's highest award, was given to Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963).
03/22/1885Gulam Yazdani, great archaeologist and critic, was born.
08/01/1920Gandhiji addresses letter to Viceroy surrendering ""Kaisar-E-Hind"" Medal, ""Zulu War"" Medal and ""Boer War"" Medal and launched the All India Non-Violent Non-Coperation Movement.
08/12/1998Uttarancha State plan meets with difficulty owing to differences on inclusion of Udham Singh Nagar and Hardwar district.
09/25/1990L. K. Advani, BJP President, starts his Somnath Temple, Ayodhya Rath Yathra.
10/21/1995L.K.Advani unanimously re-elected BJP president for the fourth time in New Delhi.
06/01/1997Ghulam Rasool Wani, National Conference leader, kidnapped and shot dead by militants at Kaskot in Doda district, Jammu.
07/02/1926Ram Sewak Yadav, social reformer, politician and leader, was born in Tala Village, Uttar Pradesh.