Today in History – 5 January

5 January 1592

Shahjahan, Mughal emperor of India, was born at Lahore.

5 January 1659

Aurangzeb defeated Shah Shuja in the battle of Khawan near Allahabad.

5 January 1671

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured the ‘Salher’ fort from Mughals.

5 January 1968

The government of India accepts the administrative reforms commission’s recommendation to appoint a Lok Pal.

5 January 1985

Rajiv Gandhi promises to solve the Punjab problem without yielding to ‘separatist ideologies.

5 January 1988

India’s first indigenously built ‘Braille’ script released short hand machine for the blind.

5 January 1990

Mohammad Azharuddin was made captain of Indian cricket team.

5 January 1994

Jnanpith Award was given to U. R. Anantha Murthy (Kannada) and Oriya Poet Sitakant Mahapatra.

Tamil Nadu Assembly passes two bills making the Chief Minister, the Chancellor of all universities instead of the Governor.

5 January 1995

India receives first consignment of Chinese Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) for the 2 US built Tarapur nuclear plant with the approval of IAEA.

5 January 1998

Laloo Yadav, RJD president, and BSP chief Kanshi Ram launch a seven-party “Jan Morcha”.

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