today in history 19 may


A massive Spanish fleet, known as the “Invincible Armada,” set sail from Lisbon on a mission to secure control of the English Channel and transport a Spanish invasion army to Britain from the Netherlands.


Game protection law restricted encroachment on Indian hunting grounds.


Jamshedji Nasarvanji Tata, famous industrialist and father of modern technology, passed away at Nauheim, Hesse-Nassau, France. He commenced cotton mills in Bombay and Nagpur and founded the Tata Iron and Steel Company, which was one of the largest integrated steel mills in the world.


Manik Bandopadhyay, modern Bengali novelist and story-writer, was born.


Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, President of India, was born.


T.E. Lawrence, known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia, dies as a retired Royal Air Force mechanic living under an assumed name. The legendary war hero, author, and archaeological scholar succumbed to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.


Sukhdev Bihari Mishra of Mishra Brothers, first historian of Hindi litterateur, passed away.


State to control production and distribution of minerals involved in atomic energy development.


The Govt. of India constituted a National Film Board.


The Indian govt. banend six U.S. and two British films for presenting a ‘disparaging’ impression of life in Africa, including ‘African Queen’ and ‘Mogambo’ at New Delhi.


One of the first major treaties designed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons came into effect as the Soviet Union ratifies an agreement banning nuclear weapons from outer space. The United States, Great Britain, and several dozen other nations had already signed and/or ratified the treaty.


Cyclone hit Andhra Pradesh claiming 608 lives and rendering 20,000 homeless.


Indian Navy’s first submarine station started at ‘Veer Bahu’ in Visakhapatanam.


Pandit Hajari Prasad Dwivedi passed away.


T. N. Raina, former General of India, passed away.


About 20 crore voters went to the polls in the first phase of election in 204 constituencies of the 10th Lok Sabha.


Government decided to merge Vayudut with Indian Airlines.


A ‘civil coup’ in Fiji ousted the first ethnic Indian Prime Minister Mahendra Pal Choudhary. President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara proclaimed a state of emergency.

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