Today in History – 9 April

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1695

Waman Pandit, famous pandit poet, took samadhee at Bhogav.

1756

Ali Bardi Khan of Bengal passed away in Murshidabad. His youngest daughter’s son Siraj-ud-Daulah was crowned as King of Bengal when he was merely 20 years old after the death of King Tartar.

1778

Jeremiah Wadsworth is named commissary general of purchases for the Continental Army at the insistence of General George Washington.

1783

Tipu Sultan drives out English from Bednoor, India.

1954

In India,according to a published report,  only 43% of population speaks 15 recognized languages, noting 720 dialects, 23 tribal tongues.

1959

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduced America’s first astronauts to the press: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton. The seven men, all military test pilots, were carefully selected from a group of 32 candidates to take part in Project Mercury, America’s first manned space program. NASA planned to begin manned orbital flights in 1961.

1965

Fighting breaks out in the Rann of Kutch between Indian and Pakistani troops. Pakistan attacked Indian borders, Sardar Post, Chhar Bet and Beria Bet, this was manned by the State Armed Police Batallions. In Kutch was launched its 8th Infantry Division supported by two regiments of M47/48 Pattons. Operation ‘Desert Hawk’ was launched to draw away reserves from other vulnerable areas, and possibly to test India’s resolve. The Indian Army did not rise to the bait.

1965

After Indo-Pak conflict of 1965, the Raksha Medal, Samar Seva Star and some others were introduced.

1974

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh agreed to a  pact to exchange prisoners of 1971 war in New Delhi.

1984

Captain H.J. Singh of Indian Army crossed the Banihal Darsh with the help of Hand Glider and set a new record.

1986

First University in India, devoted to hygiene, was established at Vijaywada.

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