Today in History – 21 April

today in history 21 april

753 BC

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.

1451

Buhlul Khan Lodi, an Afghan and founder of Lodi dynasty, ascends the throne of Delhi and displaced the Alam Shah of Syed dynasty.

1526

Mughal conqueror Babur Shah (1483-1530) defeats Ibrahim Lodi II, the Lodi Sultan of Delhi, and captures Delhi and the Koh-i-noor diamond, in the First Battle of Panipat. He founded the Mughal dynasty in India (1526-1761), consolidated by his grandson Akbar.

1720

Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath passed away and was succeeded by his son Peshwa Baji Rao I. He was a great soldier and General.

1805

Defitiniv treaty between Anandrao Gaikwad and Britishers.

1895

Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray, demonstrate their “Panopticon,” the first movie projector developed in the United States. Although motion pictures had been shown in the United States for several years using Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope, the films could only be viewed one at a time in a peep-show box, not projected to a large audience.

1913

Preview show of ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was held on April 21 at Olympia Cinema.

1930

A fire at an Ohio prison kills 320 inmates, some of whom burn to death when they are not unlocked from their cells. It is one of the worst prison disasters in American history. The Ohio State Penitentiary was built in Columbus in 1834.

1955

Avadi session of the Indian National Congress adopts a socialistic pattern of society for India.

1975

Farakka Barrage dedicated to nation.

1990

The first indigenously built missile cruiser boat, ‘Vibhuti’, was inaugurated and launched.

1992

RBI eases credit policy, lending rates reduced from 6 to 4; 13\% interest ceiling on deposits.

1995

Medium range ‘Akash’, surface-to-air-missile, flight trial successful.

1996

Sanjay Thapar of the IAF (leader) becomes first Indian to parachute down to geometric North pole and unfurl the flag.

1997

Inder Kumar Gujaral sworn as the 12th Prime Minister of India, along with old council of ministers in the H. D. Deve Gowda govt. minus Tamil Maanila Congress Minister and D. P. Yadav of Janata Dal.

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