Today in History – 20 April

today in history 20 april

1777

The first New York state constitution is formally adopted by the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York, meeting in the upstate town of Kingston, on this day in 1777.

1914

Gopinath Mahanti, famous Oriya novelist and Gyanpeeth awardee, was born.

1938

Bhartacharya Chintamanrao Vinayak Vaidya, omnicient research scientist and expert of Marathi and English languages, passed away.

1954

Panchsheel agreement between China and India.

1971

Air India started Boing 707 Jumbo Jet flight between Bombay and London.

1973

Rioting over food shortages ends after three days in Nagpur.

1980

The Castro regime announced that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift. The first of 125,000 Cuban refugees from Mariel reached Florida the next day.

1989

R. S. Pathak, Chief Justice of India, elected to the International Court.

1989

Launching of IRBM `Agni’ fails.

1989

President’s rule imposed in Karnataka.

1997

Sheri Bamboat and Hamshad Bamboat win National sea-bird sailing title.

2000

A full bench of the Madras High Court quashes the Tamil Nadu Government order making Tamil (or mother tongue) as the compulsory medium of instruction up to Standard V in all schools in the State .

2008

26-year-old Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Montegi in Montegi, Japan, making herself the first female winner in Indy Car racing history.

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