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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
9/18/1615 Thomas Roe presented himself at Jahangir's court in Ajmer. He left India on February 17, 1618.
9/18/1803 Second Anglo-Maratha war under Sir Arthur Wellesley resulted in a crushing defeat of the Marathas at Assaye. The British Christians captured Delhi and acquired control of large parts of India.
9/18/1803 Puri was captured by Britishers from the Marathas without any struggle.
9/18/1867 Ganganendranath Tagore, great painter, patriot and artist, was born in Calcutta.
9/18/1879 Welthy Housinger Fisher, an American adult educationist in India, was born.
9/18/1909 Kilachand Ramdas, famous merchant, was born.
9/18/1917 Sher Singh, educationist and politician, was born at Baghpur (Haryana).
9/18/1924 Mahatma Gandhi was to fast for 21 days in despair of the recent riots between Muslims and Hindus. It was an expression of his 'unbearable hopelessnes'. ""Nothing I say or write,"" he said, ""can bring the two communities together."" Even as he spoke there were reports of further riots at Kohat, in which 20 Hindus and 11 Muslims were killed. Reservations, Gandhi speaking in Allahabad said, reserved the right to drink water with or without salt. ""It is both a penance and a prayer. As it is penance I need not have taken the public into my confidence but I publish it as, let me hope, an effective prayer to Hindus and Muslims, not to commit suicide"".
9/18/1925 Pranlal Harkisandas Vora, leader in Maharashtra, was born.
9/18/1927 Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce was established.
9/18/1932 A Hindu delegation is given permission to interview Gandhi, currently held in prison and undertaking a hunger strike. On arrival, they also find he has taken a vow of silence.
9/18/1941 Arjuncharan Srimukh Sethi was born in Odang village in Balasore (now known as Bhadrak) in Orissa.
9/18/1958 Dr. Bhagwan Das, great philosopher, freedom fighter, Hindi writer, politician and litterateur, passed away.
9/18/1965 Communist government threatens dire consequences on discovering Indian bases on the Chinese side of the China-Sikkim frontier in China.
9/18/1967 English was adopted the official language of Nagaland .
9/18/1972 Government of India announces increase of minimum bonus to workers from 4\% to 8.33\%.
9/18/1972 India becomes the top film producer of the world with 433 feature films made in 1971.
9/18/1990 Devkumar, famous Hindi film actor, died.
9/18/1992 Andhra government's order of setting up 12 private medical colleges quashed by a full bench of the High Court.
9/18/1992 M. Hidayatullah, former Vice President and Chief Justice, died. He was 87.
9/18/1993 Asit Sen, famous comedy actor and character artist, died.
9/18/1995 Kaka Hathrasi, famous comedy poet, died.
9/18/1996 Suresh Mehta ministry wins the confidence vote in Gujarat .
9/18/1997 President K.R. Narayanan inaugurates Mammen Mappillai Hall at Kottayam, Kerala.
9/18/2000 Prasar Bharati issues a notification making it compulsory for cable operators to telecast regional channels of Doordarshan on prime band, in addition to DD-1 and DD-2, in their respective states.
9/18/2000 President K. R. Narayanan presents the Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 1999 to film maker Hrishikesh Mukherjee.


Other Historical Dates and Events
11/19/2000Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, agriculture scientist, gets the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 1999.
3/10/1959Mukundrao Ramarao Jaikar, great freedom fighter and famous lawyer, passed away.
11/29/1916Vasant Shridhar Vaidya, great industrialist, was born at Phaltan.
9/4/1921British govt. sends ultimatum to rebels in India, demanding their surrender within 48 hrs, at Madras.
8/29/1998Sachin Tendulkar receives the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Joginder Singh Saini receives the Dronacharya award, while several other leading sporstmen receive Arjuna award from President K.R. Narayanan in Delhi.
2/24/1924Mahatma Gandhi released from jail.
2/18/1911Under the auspices of the British Army, French pilot Henry Pequet makes the first official airmail flight from Allahabad to Naini Junction.
3/16/1993Bomb blast in a multi-storey building in Calcutta kills 70 people.
11/11/1921Gandhi urges Hindus to remove statue of ex-Viceroy Lord Lawrence.
7/23/1933Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, great leader, lawyer, social worker, freedom fighter, nationalist and president of Bengal Swaraj Party, died at Ranchi. He was addresed by the people of Bengal as 'Deshapriya' (Beloved of the Country).