Today in History – 16 June

today in history 16 june


Akbar (Abul-Fath Djalal-ud-Din), Mughal emperor of India (1556-1605), passed away of diarrhoea or dysentery at the age of 63 years. At Akbar’s graveside, stood conspicious in his simplicity, Jesuit priest Father Xavier who always remained his devoted friend. (16 or 17).


On this day in 1858, newly nominated senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln addressed the Illinois Republican Convention in Springfield and warned that the nation faces a crisis that could destroy the Union. Speaking to more than 1,000 delegates in an ominous tone, Lincoln paraphrased a passage from the New Testament: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”


Anandram Dhekial Fukun, father of modern Assamia poetry and essay writer, passed away.


On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, travelled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.


Chittaranjan Das, great freedom fighter, revolutionary, orator, poet, journalist and lawyer, died.


Britain invited Indian leaders to set up an Interim Government at London.


C. Rajagopalchari became the Governor of West Bengal (1947) in Interim Government.


Cabinet Mission negotiations were discontinued. Viceroy proposed Interim Government.


Nehru opponents founded People’s party at New Delhi.


On June 16, 1963, aboard Vostok 6, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. After 48 orbits and 71 hours, she returned to earth, having spent more time in space than all U.S. astronauts combined to that date.


Bombay got 42 cm rainfall, the century’s highest. The previous high of 41 cm was recorded on 18, 1986.


GOI announced higher procurement/minimum support prices for all major kharif crops.


P. D. Dhhavle, former editor of daily newspaper ‘Maharashtra’, passed away.


K. R. Narayanan, Vice-President, was the joint candidate of Congress(I) and United Front for Presidentship in July 14 election.


Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh Prime Minister, met her Indian couterpart A B Vajpayee in New Delhi.

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