Today in History – 26 November

43 BC

Second Triumvirate alliance of Roman leader Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony formed

1778

British explorer Captain James Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

1922

English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun’s virtually intact tomb in Egypt

1931

Gandhi announces a new civil disobedience campaign in the nationalist newspaper ‘Young India’.

1949

New Constitution of India adopted and signed. The constitution of India was framed by a Constituent Assembly set up under the Cabinet Mission Plan, 1946. The Assembly held its first meeting on December 9, 1946 and elected Dr.Rajendra Prasad as its Chairman.

Newspaper Day.

1954

The Atomic Energy Commission starts functioning.

1960

First S.T.D. system of telephone (Subscriber Trunk Dialing) services started between Lucknow and Kanpur in India.

1989

General Election ( 9th) of India ends: Congress loses; V.P. Singh becomes Prime Minister. Anti-Congress wave in North; South India favours Congress. India to have a coalition govt. after the governing Congress party has its majority wiped out in general elections.

1997

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, scientific advisor to Defence Minister, chosen for Bharat Ratna.