Today in History – 21 November


Ibrahim Lodi (1517-26) succeeded the throne of Delhi, after the death of his father Sikandar Lodi.


Colonel Napoléon Bonaparte is promoted to General and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.


Russia’s Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine.


Thomas Edison announces his “talking machine” invention (phonograph), the 1st machine to play and record sound


China prohibits the opium trade


Prince of Wales visited India and Congress observed all India strike.


First postal stamp of indepedent India of three and half annas denomination was started. Major General Cariappa took over from Lieutenant General Sir Francies Tulker as the Army Commander, Eastern Command, in the rank of Lieutenant General. General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup


First sounding rocket launched from Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS). Thus started India’s space programme.


Rebellion in East Pakistan (formerly Bengal). Ten million Bengalis flee to India. Indo-Pak border clashes escalate to war. India defeats West Pakistan. E. Pakistan becomes independent Bangladesh.

Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army


R. Nagarajan, former Tamil Nadu Home Secretary, arrested for harbouring LTTE militants.

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