Today in History – 22 November

1497

Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India

1914

Indian troops take Basra in Mesopotamia

1926

Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth

1928

British King George confined to bed with congested lung; Queen to take over duties.

1963

American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

1968

Lok Sabha passed notification to change the name of Madras state as Tamil Nadu.

1969

Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University

1971

Indian and Pakistan governments protested violations of national airspace along the western border, but aerial conflict between the respective air arms began, preceding full-scale warfare between India and Pakistan by 12 days.

1997

Diana Hayden, 24-year-old Mumbai-born Miss India, beat 85 contestants from around the world to be crowned new ‘Miss Universe’ at Mahe in Seychelles.

2005

Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

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