Today in History – 18 November

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1477

First English dated printed book “Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers” by William Caxton

1727

Maharaja Jai Singh-II of Amber laid the stone of Jaipur City. Vidyadhar Chakravarty of Bengal was the architect of the first planned city in India.

1772

Madhav Rao Peshwa (the 4th peshwa ruler) died at the age of 28. Narayanrao succeeded him.

1839

Nainital was discovered by P. Barron, an European sugar merchant and an enthusiastic hunter from Rosa, near Shahjahanpur.

1865

Mark Twain publishes “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

1911

Free primary school education introduced.

1916

General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme (WWI) – over 1 million killed or wounded

1937

1,100 prisoners freed after appeal by Gandhi, his first political act in year.

1974

Telex Service started between India and Pakistan.

1999

Sonia Gandhi pleads the President on Nalini’s case.

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