Today in History – 7 April

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1506

Saint Francis Xavier, Jesuit priest, Spanish missionary teaching in India and Japan, was born in the Spanish kingdom of Navarre.

1541

Father Francis Xavier, Spanish founder of the Jesuits, 35, and three friends set sail from Lisbon, Portugal for Goa. They became the first Roman Catholic missionaries to travel to India.

1818

British Government imposed ‘State Prisoners Regulation III -1818’ for detention and deportion of political prisoners and revolutionaries without any trial. This black act was in force till 1947 when India got independence.

1929

England’s Imperial Airways had extended its flight to London-Karachi instead of London-Kahira. It was the first commercial air service in undivided India.

1934

Mahatma Gandhi suspended his campaign of civil disobedience in India.

1942

Anandshankar Bapubhai Dhruv, famous Gujarati expert, Sanskrit Pandit and editor of a monthly magzine, died.

1947

Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, which developed the first affordable, mass-produced car–the Model T–and also helped pioneer assembly-line manufacturing, dies at his estate in Dearborn, Michigan, at the age of 83.

1986

Charles Sobhraj and his associate David Hall were nabbed at Mapusa in Goa.

1987

In a case filed by Saira Banu of Kerela, Supreme Court held that all wives, including Muslim women, whose husbands have either married again or taken a mistress are entitled to maintenance.

1993

Narsimha Rao,PM, arrives in Bangkok on a three-day visit to Thailand.

1997

Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan finalise preparations for a new trade bloc called ‘Growth Quadrangle’.

1997

NAM foreign ministers two-day conference begins in New Delhi.

2000

The Delhi police unearth a multicrore cricket betting and match- fixing racket involving five South African cricketers, including the captain Hansie Cronje. A Delhi-based Indian operator Rajesh Kalra put behind bars.

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