Today in History – 31 March

today in history 31 march


Prarthana Samaj was established by Ranade, Bhandarkar and others at Mumbai in 1864.


Gangadhar Balkrishna Deshpande, freedom fighter and loyal Congress leader ‘Lion of Karnataka’, was born.


The Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer: and the ceremony was attended by the French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.


British slaughter hundreds of Tibetans.


Foundation stone of ‘Gateway of India’ was laid by Sir George Sydneham Clerk.


Shyamji Krishna Varma, freedom fighter, nationalist and patriot, passed away in Geneva.


During the 2nd World War, Japan was heavily successful in Burma and Andaman which posed a danger to the Indian Security.


Dalai Lama fled China & was granted political asylum in India.


Tram-way service ended in Mumbai (Bombay). This last electric tram left Bori Bunder (CST) for Dadar at 10 p.m., crowds lined the route all the way at that late hour to bid farewell to the common man’s transport medium.


The Mississippi River reaches its peak level in St. Louis during a record 77-day flood. During the extended flood, 33 people died and more than $1 billion in damages were incurred. The roots of the 1973 flood go back to October 1972.


Bombay Telephone Nigam renamed as Mahanagar Telephone Nigam.


Bharat Ratna, India’s highest award, was given to Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1841-1956) (Posthumous).


Major changes in exim policy announced.


The PIO card, conferring privileges on persons of Indian origin settled abroad, is formally launched.

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