Today in History – 24 July

today in history 24 july

1206

Qutubu’d-din Aibak (1206-1210) was crowned at Lahore after the death of Muhammad of Ghuri. He was originally a slave of Turkestan. As he started his career as a slave, the dynasty founded by him in India is known as “Slave Dynasty”. The construction of Qutab Minar was started during his regime. Since he was very generous, the people called him “Lakh Baksh”.

1783

Simon Bolivar, great dynamic leader and social reformer, was born at Carcas.

1911

On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham got his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

1932

Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan was established for the service of the sick and humanitarian activities.

1969

At 12:51 EDT, Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, safely returns to Earth.

1985

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sikh leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal of Akali Dal signed a peace contract known as ‘Punjab Accord’ thus ending the four-year agitation in Punjab.

1991

Union budget imposed all-round price hike.

1992

‘Universal Poetry Foundation’ was established at Pune.

1996

Govt. decided to raise the ceiling on the maximum amount of retirement/death gratuity from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2.50 lakhs.

1997

Mahasweta Devi, Bengali litterateur, was recipient of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism, literature and creative communication arts for her writings on indigenous communities.

1998

India signed a deal with Russia for purchasing the aircraft-carrier.

2000

S. Vijayalakshmi became the first Indian woman Grandmaster in the International Grandmasters chess tournament held in Hyderabad.

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