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    Today in History – 5 December

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    1657

    Murad proclaimed himself Emperor of India.

    1865

    13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery

    1943

    The Indian city of Calcutta (now Kolkata) was attacked in a daylight aerial bombardment for the first time, as Japanese bombers made a brief raid. There had been seven previous bombings of Calcutta, but all had taken place at night. The British Indian government announced that 167 civilians and one soldier were killed.

    1950

    Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India.

    1950

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    Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, great revolutionary, freedom fighter and teacher, passed away.

    1951

    Abanindranath Tagore, a great Modern Indian Painter, passed away.

    1990

    With the induction of 60 ministers, the Bihar Cabinet becomes the largest ever cabinet in India with a total of 71 ministers.

    1991

    The government reduces visa fees for tourists intending to visit India.

    1992

    V. P. Singh and hundreds arrested in Barabanki on the way to Ayodhya.

    1994

    V. P.Singh, former PM, resigns from the Parliament.

    1998

    Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela

    1999

    India’s Yukta Mookhey is crowned Miss World.

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