Today in History – 15 October

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1542

Akbar Abul-Fath Djalaluddin, third Mughal Emperor of India (1556-1605), was born at Amarkot in Sind under the protection of Rana Virsal. Humayun had also taken refuge at Amarkot.

1676

King of England permitted the East India Company to mint the Rupee and Paisa coins at Bombay.

1686

Aurangzeb attacked and conquered Bijapur and this was the end of the Muslim Adilshahi’s era.

1878

Thomas A. Edison founds the Edison Electric Light Co.

1888

Gopal Ganesh Agarkar started daily newspaper ‘Sudharak’.

1917

Mata Hari, a Paris dancer, is executed by the French after being convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans.

1918

Shirdi Ke Saibaba’ better known as ‘Saibaba’ passed away at Shirdi near Nashik, Maharashtra. He was around 70. Born in a Brahmin family at Patri village in Hyderabad, he was the saint of all caste and creed people.

1932

First Indian commercial airliner service ‘Tata Sons Ltd’ started. (Tata Airlines)

1946

Muslim League decides to participate in the Interim Government.

1949

Process of the integration of the Indian State was completed when the last three states – Tripura, Manipur and Banaras were merged.

1966

Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale establish the Black Panther Party, an African-American revolutionary socialist political group, in the US.

1977

The Congress party denies bid by Indira Gandhi to regain leadership.

1987

Times Eye Research Foundation was established in Amritsar, India.

2000

Sachin Tendulkar becomes the highest run-getter in one-day internationals (9379 runs) during his innings of 69 in the final of the ICC cricket tournament against New Zealand.

2003

China launches its first manned space mission, Shenzhou I.

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