Today in History – 5 April

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1581

Mahmud Gawan was appointed as Prime Minister, an office which he held till his execution.

1614

Indian princess Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

1663

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj attacked Shahistekhan at Pune.

1848

Satara kingdom came to an end.

1908

Babu Jagjivan Ram, a valiant freedom fighter, was born in Chandwa village in Bhojpur, Bihar. He held many prominent ministerial portfolios such as Communications Minister (1952-56), Railway Minister (1956-62), Food and Agriculture Minister (1967-70) and Defence Minister (1970-74). After 1977, he became the Deputy Prime Minister (Defence) in Janta regime. Thereafter, he established Congress (J). His uninterrupted stint in the Parliament from 1936 to 1986 is a world record. This day is commemorated as “”Samta Diwas”.

1919

India’s first modern shipping company Scindia Steam Navigation’s first ship ‘Liberty’ started its journey. The weight of the ship was 5,940 tonnes.

1930

Mahatma Gandhi reached Dandi, a small costal village in Gujarat, after travelling 385 kms with 78 followers to break the recently imposed “”Salt Law””. This event is known as ‘Dandi March’ and was started from Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad

1940

Charles Freer Andrews, a Christian Missionary, died in Calcutta. He is also referred as “Deenabandhu Andrews”

1944

221 Advance Base Depots laid down their lives to repulse several waves of Japanese attacks and succeeded in safe evacuation of Ordnance stores to an alternate site.

1949

Indian Boy Scout and Girl Guide were established and renamed as Bharat Scouts and Guides.

1950

Spurred by recent clashes in East and West Bengal between Muslims and Hindus, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his Pakistani couterpart Ali Khan today reached an agreement on a “”Bill of Rights for Minorities””. This bill included a provision for “”drumhead justice,”” or summary justice to persons convicted of violating minorities’ rights.

1961

Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited was established in New Delhi by Indian Government for allopathic drugs.

1979

First Naval Museum of India established in Bombay.

1984

Rakesh Sharma,Squadron leader, becomes India’s first spaceman when he is launched aboard Soyuz T-11 of Soviet Union.

1990

Mrs.Sheela Flather, an Indian national, becomes the first Asian to be nominated to the House of Lords.

1993

G. V. Iyer’s Sanskrit film ‘Bhagavad Geeta was adjudged the best film at the National Film Awards.

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