Today in History – 22 October

1680

Rana Rajsingh, king of Mewad, died.

1746

Princeton University, in New Jersey, receives its charter.

1764

The historic battle of Baksar started. (22nd October or 23rd October).

1796

Sawai Madhav Rao Peshwa II committed suicide by jumping from the terrace.

1797

The first successful parachute descent was made by Andre-Jacqes Garnerin, who jumps from a balloon at some 2,200 feet over Paris.

1836

Sam Houston sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1859

Spain declares war on the Moors in Morocco.

1912

Gandhiji accompanied Gokhale on tour of South Africa, Laurenco Marques, Mozambique and Zanzibar. He gave up European dress and milk and restricted himself to diet of fresh and dried fruits.

1929

Air Mail Series Stamps were issued. These stamps were of denominations of 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12 annas.

1933

Vithalbhai Patel, great freedom fighter, social worker, leader, politician, President of the Central Assembly, lawyer and member of parliament, died in Geneva.

1937

Gandhiji presided over the educational conference at Wardha and outlined his scheme of education through basic crafts.

1955

The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight.

1962

Bakhra-Nangal Dam, a multipurpose river valley project, was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

1983

The Union government reduces the upper age limit for the Civil Services Examination from 28 years to 26 years.

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