Today in History – 6 May

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1529

Babur Shah, Mughal Emperior, defeated Afghan Nawab Nasrat Shah, king of Bengal, on the banks of the Gand and the Ghaghra river.

1589

Mian Tansen, famous singer of Akbar’s court, died at Gwalior.

1680

Chatrapati Rajaram Maharaj was crowned.

1775

Nanda Kumar, king of Calcutta, was arrested.

1861

Motilal Gangadhar Nehru, great Indian lawyer, political leader and social reformer, was born at Agra.

1910

Edward VII, King of Great Britain and Emperor of India, died suddenly of pneumonia at Buckingham Palace tonight. He ruled Britain for nine years. Power passed immediately to his son George, the Prince of Wales, who will rule as King George V. The 68-year-old monarch’s sudden death threw his country into a state of shock. Edward had apparently caught a cold during a visit the past weekend to the wet grounds of his estate at Sandringham.

1916

Edward VII passed away at London.

1922

Chhatrapati Rajarshi Shahu, great revolutionary, freedom fighter and social reformer of Kolhapur, passed away at Bombay. He was 48.

1944

Mahatma Gandhi was released unconditionally from his last imprisonment from Aga Khan Palace at Pune.

1948

India rejected the Security Council’s plan for UN supervision over plebiscite in Kashmir.

1952

Dr. Rajendra Prasad re-elected the President of India “”Rashtrapati”” after the first Presidential election held under the Indian constitution.

1952

Maria Montessori, pioneer in mordern education, who spent almost 10 years in India, died in Noordwijk aan Zee. The principles and techiques advocated by her are also applied to the education of handicapped children and adult education.

1967

Dr. Zakir Hussain was elected as the President of India.

1971

India refuted allegations that it had meddled in Pakistan’s civil war.

1994

In a ceremony presided over by England’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel was officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.

2000

Benoy Krishna Chowdhury (89), veteran freedom fighter and prominent CPI(M) leader, died at a Government Hospital in Calcutta.

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