Today in History – 16 May

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1911

Pumping Station of Calcutta was commissioned at Tallah.

1929

On this day in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blosso Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.

1932

Hundreds died in fighting between Muslims and Hindus at Bombay.

1945

Prahraj Gopalchandra, modern author of Oria language, passed away.

1946

Gandhiji’s Cabinet Mission announced Plan.

1960

International Telex Service between India and U.K. introduced.

1968

In France, the May 1968 crisis escalated as a general strike spread to factories and industries across the country, shutting down newspaper distribution, air transport, and two major railroads. By the end of the month, millions of workers were on strike, and France seemed to be on the brink of radical leftist revolution.

1975

Via the southeast ridge route, Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.

1975

Sikkim High Court was established at Gangtok for Sikkim territory.

1975

Sikkim  was declared as the 22nd state of Indian Union.

1986

V. Shantaram, 75, was chosen for the Dada Saheb Phalke award.

1995

Government of India decides not to extend the validity of TADA Act.

1996

Atal Krishna Behari Vajpayee, leader of Bharatiya Janta Party, became the 10th Prime Minister for 13 days (from May 16, 1996 to May 28, 1996 [techinally till 01-06-1996]), although his ability to govern effectively was in doubt.

1998

India rejected China’s charges on N-tests.

1999

Senior Congress leaders opposed Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister.

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