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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
8/5/1604 John Eliot, ""Apostle to Indians,"" Bible translator, baptized.
8/5/1905 Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar, social reformer, was born.
8/5/1905 Subhadrakumari Chauvhan, famous Hindi poet, was born.
8/5/1907 Kashi Nath Pandey, politician and Trade Unionist, was born in Fursatpur Village.
8/5/1909 Dwijhans Kalika Prasad Dixit, great poet and educationist, was born at Gram Dedani in Uttar Pradesh.
8/5/1921 Malhi Govind, modern Sindhi novelist, was born.
8/5/1939 In the first case to be brought under Prohibition laws, a railroad passenger was today convicted of possessing a bottle of brandy in Bombay.
8/5/1950 Gopinath Bardoloi, architect of modern Assam, freedom fighter and leader, passed away.
8/5/1965 Jaya Prakash Narayan was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for public service.
8/5/1965 M. V. Sridhar, cricketer (scored 366 for Hyderabad vs Andhra Pradesh, 1994), was born.
8/5/1969 Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler 1996-), was born in Bangalore.
8/5/1975 The RSS, Anand Marg, Jamat-i-Islami, and 23 other organisations were banned. Parliament approved Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA). Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) approved by the Parliament.
8/5/1978 Five died and 70 were injured as upper-caste Hindus clashed with untouchables in Maharashtra.
8/5/1981 Jagjivan Ram heads breakaway Congress(U) and calls new party Congress (J).
8/5/1986 Vellupillai 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.
8/5/1991 Leila Seth was sworn the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court. She is a judge of Delhi High Court.
8/5/1992 The Supreme Court appoints a 3-member panel to visit Ayodhya and report on the new structures there.
8/5/1992 Achyutrao Patwardhan, leader of 'Quit India Movement', died at Varanasi at the age of 86.
8/5/1994 Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a key accused in 1993's Bombay blast case, was arrested.
8/5/1999 Nisha Millet became the first Indian swimmer to receive the International Olympic Committee's Solidarity Scholarship, given to sportspersons with outstanding track record and possessing Olympic potential.
8/5/1999 The Global Peace March demands demilitarisation of the entire planet.
8/5/2000 Lala Amarnath (88), former Indian cricketer, died in New Delhi.


Other Historical Dates and Events
7/20/1911Mohammed Baqa Jilani Khan, Indian cricket fast bowler (Test 1936), was born in Jullandur.
11/15/1992Praveen Amre scores century (103) on Test Cricket debut vs South Africa at Durban
12/20/1904Virendranarayan Chakravorthy, former Indian Ambassador in England and Governor of Haryana, was born.
2/17/1931Viceroy of India Lord Irvin accepted Mahatma Gandhi as leader of people and invited him at Vicregal Lodge (now known at Rashtrapati Bhavan). After the event, Winston Churchill, who later became Prime Minister of Britain, referred Gandhiji as ""the Half-Naked Fakir of India"".
1/30/1882Franklin Delano Roosevelt, great leader and social reformer, was born at Hyde Park, New York.
4/20/1954Panchsheel agreement between China and India.
4/3/1914Sam Hormuj Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, India's first Field Marshal, was born. He was better known as ""Sam Manekshaw"".
10/1/1903Sachindev Burman (S. D. Burman), famous film music director, was born.
5/21/1994JKLF leader Mohammed Yasim Malik agrees to eschew violence provided the Centre guarantees a dialogue without pre-conditions.
10/15/1943Baba Kanshi Ram, freedom fighter and social reformer, passed away.