Today in History – 5 November

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1509

Don Francis-Di-Almeda of Portugal was succeeded as the Viceroy of Portuguese India by Affonso de Albuquerque, who is regarded as the real founder of Portuguese power in India.

1556

Mughals, under the leadership of Akbar, defeated Hindu ruler Hemu in the second battle of Panipat.

1605

The accession of Jahangir.

1870

Chittaranjan Das, freedom fighter, the famous lawyer, and orator was born in Calcutta.

1907

Special commissioner appointed to deal with famine conditions.

1920

Indian Red Cross Society was founded in India under Bengal Act VIII. St.John Ambulance Association is a wing of this society which directed Improvement of Health, Prevention of Diseases and Mitigation of Suffering activities.

1940

FDR re-elected president of USA.

1945

A case was filed against the Azad Hind Army Soldiers at Red Fort in Delhi.

1956

University Grants Commission Act sets up The UGC.

1961

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru arrived in New York. This was the first occasion when an Indian Prime Minister went to the United States.

1968

Richard Nixon elected as president of United States.

1976

Lok Sabha votes to extend its own life by another year.

1977

Indira Gandhi arrested and released unconditionally.

The External Affairs Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee addresses the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi.

1990

Janata Dal splits. The breakaway group claims support of 58 M.P.’s to elect Mr. Chandrashekhar as the leader. V.P. Singh’s government loses confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

1998

Baba Nagarjun “Vaidyanath Mishra” died. He wrote in Hindi, Maithili, and Sanskrit. Some of his noted works are “Patra-Heen- Nagna Gachh”, “Dukhmochan”, “Sugihara” etc.

 

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