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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
Genghis Khan, Monghol conqueror, passed away.
8/18/1700 Bajirao I, the second peshwa, was born.
8/18/1800 Fort William College was established at Calcutta.
8/18/1872 Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Gadgil, who provided new heights to North Indian classical music, was born at Kundanwadi at Kolhapur distrist in Maharashtra.
8/18/1891 Jain Muni Mishrimalji, poet, social reformer and orator, was born at Pali, Rajasthan.
8/18/1896 Raghupati Sahay ""Firaq Gorakhpuri"", revolutionary Urdu poet, was born. He was honoured with the highest literary awards, including the Sahitya Academy Award in 1960 and Bharatiya Gyanpeeth Award in 1969. His notable works include ""Ruh-e-Kayenaat (Spirit of Universe, 1945)"" and ""Ramz-O-Kinayaat (Suggestion, 1946)"".
8/18/1900 Vijayalakshmi Pandit, first woman President of U.N.O. General Assembly, was born.
8/18/1907 Madam Bhikaji Cama, addressed the International Socialist Congress at Stuttgart, Germany.
8/18/1911 Adityanath Jha, former Governor of Delhi, was born.
8/18/1920 Harbhajan Singh, educationist and writer, was born at Lumding.
8/18/1923 Jamshed Khudadaad Irani, cricket wicket-keeper for India during the 1947-48 Australia tour, was born in Karachi.
8/18/1923 Sadashiv ""Sadu"" Ganpatrao Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner during the late 1940's and early 1950's), was born in Bombay.
8/18/1945 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose left Saigon and is believed to have died in a Japanese aeroplane crash at Taihoku Airport in Taiwan.
8/18/1951 Indian Institute of Technology was opened in Kharagpur, West Bengal.
8/18/1956 Sandeep Madhusudan Patil, great Indian batsman, was born in Bombay.
8/18/1957 Tilak Raj was appointed the Narcotics Commissioner of India. He headed his office for four years till 6th September, 1961.
8/18/1958 Dr.Bhagwandas, famous Congress leader and theosophist, died.
8/18/1969 Humayun Kabir, great politician, died.
8/18/1979 Vasantrao Naik, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, died.
8/18/1985 Assam Assembly dissolved (18).
8/18/1990 President R Venkataraman presented the colours to the Officers Training Academy in recognition of their services to the Nation.
8/18/1990 Pandit Narayan Chaturvedi, senior Hindi litterateur, died.
8/18/1991 12 LTTE militants commit suicide.
8/18/1993 The Transport Development Council decides to abolish Pathkar (entry tax) and increase the fee for national permit from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 5000.
8/18/1995 Parvati Giri, also called the Little Mother Teresa, died in Orissa. She was 69. She was a social worker and had taken part during the Quit India movement.
8/18/1997 Shanvac-B, India's first genetically engineered vaccine for Hepatitis B was launched.
8/18/2000 The Supreme Court rejects a petition filed by former Navy chief Vishnu Bhagwat challenging his dismissal from service and the consequent direction stripping him of the title Admiral.


Other Historical Dates and Events
7/1/1821Daily newspaper 'Mumbai Samachar' was published.
9/28/1909Jairaj, famous film actor, was born. His first film was 'Sparkling Youth' (1930). He was a receipant of Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Some of his films are 'Fight unto Death', 'All for love', 'Bhawani No Bhog', 'Pearl', 'Queen of Faries', 'The Enemy', 'My Hero'.
8/3/199835 persons were killed as Govind Towers at Bandra in Mumbai collapsed.
1/23/1920Air transportation began in India by two Royal Air Force planes between Karachi and Bombay, and Air Mail service started.
10/15/1866Vasudevacharya Kerur, famous Kannad novelist, playwright and journalist, was born.
1/3/1975Lalit Narayan Mishra, great freedom fighter, politician, leader, member of the Lok Sabha and Minister of Railways, died at a Railway Hospital in Danapur due to a bomb blast at Samastipur Railway Station a day earlier.
2/22/1946Curfew imposed till 9 p.m. by the British in Bombay as rioting and looting continued for the second day.
10/4/1996Delhi court issues non-bailable warrant against PVN Rao and three others in the St. Kitts forgery case.
3/31/1867Prarthana Samaj was established by Ranade, Bhandarkar and others at Mumbai in 1864.
7/24/1998India signs a deal with Russia for purchasing the aircraft-carrier.