Today in History – 16 March

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today in history 16 march

1527

Rana Sangram Singh, King of Mewad, attacked on Mughal Emperor Babur near Kanwa at Agra.

1751

On this day in 1751, James Madison, drafter of the Constitution, recorder of the Constitutional Convention, author of the Federalist Papers and fourth president of the United States, is born on a plantation in Virginia.

1860

Dr. W.M. Haffkine, great scientist, bacteriologist and professor, was born at Odessa in Russia.

1910

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi sr, England & India), was born in Pataudi, Punjab.

1912

Gandhiji commends Gokhale’s attempts for abolition of indenture system.

1924

Bhupendranath Basu, great freedom fighter, President of Congress and fluent orator, passed away.

1926

The first man to give hope to dreams of space travel is American Robert H. Goddard, who successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts. The rocket traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away. The rocket was 10 feet tall, constructed out of thin pipes, and was fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline.

1928

C.V. Raman announced his discovery of ”new radiation” to an assembly of scientists at Bangalore.

1939

Subroto Mukherjee became the first Indian Officer to command a squadron when he took over No.1.

1946

India calls Attlee’s independence offer contradictory, ‘a propaganda move’.

1986

Internationally wanted criminal Charles Sobharaj and 6 other prisoners escape from Tihar Jail.

1992

Satyajit Ray, veteran film producer and director, was presented the honorary Oscar by a three-member Oscar committee at a Calcutta nursing home.

1993

Central government introduces pension scheme for 170 million EPF subscribers.

1997

The first batch of three Russian-made Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft reaches India.

1998

Sonia Gandhi is elected chairperson of the Congress(I) Parliamentary Party.

1999

The Shiromani Akali Dal creates a record by unanimously electing Bibi Jagir Kaur Begowal as the first woman president of the SGPC.

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