Today in History – 9 June

today in history 9 JUNE

1534

French navigator Jacques Cartier became the first European explorer to discover the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec, Canada. In 1534, Cartier was commissioned by King Francis I of France to explore the northern American lands in search of riches and the rumored Northwest Passage to Asia.

1659

Dara Shikoh was handed over to Aurangzeb‘s army by Jiwan Khan, a Baluchi whose life was saved by Dara.

1752

French army surrendered to the English in Trichinopoly, India.

1834

Dr. William Carey, great writer and social worker, died.

1900

Birsa Munda, freedom fighter and leader, died in Ranchi Jail.

1949

Kiran Bedi, the first woman Indian Police Service Officer, was born in Amritsar, Punjab.

1964

Lal Bahadur Shastri became the second Prime Minister of India when the country was shocked of Jawaharlal Nehru‘s death and Indo-China war. Shastri gave the quotation “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” which motivated the war-affected Indians to boost their morale. He remained in this office till he died on January 11, 1966 at Taskent. In his cabinet, Indira Gandhi served as Minister of Information and Broadcast.

1973

With a spectacular victory at the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat became the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win America’s coveted Triple Crown–the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. In one of the finest performances in racing history, Secretariat, ridden by Ron Turcotte, completed the 1.5-mile race in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, a dirt-track record for that distance.

1986

ICMR set up a network of Reference/Surveillance Centres for AIDS in almost all states of India.

1998

Gujarat was hit by a cyclone killing 1,000 people in six days.

1998

81 persons were killed as cyclone hit the Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat and Jalore district of Rajasthan. Subsequently, the toll is put at 934 in the Kutch-Saurashtra region alone.

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