today in history

1931

Motilal Gangadhar Nehru, revolutionary, founder of ‘Swaraj Party’, political leader and barrister, passed away at Lucknow.

1932

Dorabji Jamshetji Tata, great industrialist, passed away.

1949

India to nationalize the estate of Nizam, the world’s richest man, from Hyderabad.

1952

George VI (1895-1952), King of the United Kingdom, died of lung cancer at the age of 56 (succeeded by daughter, Elizabeth II). In 1947, His title of Emperor of India was deleted.

On this day in 1952, after a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham. Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king’s two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, at age 27.

1953

Congress, PSP, CP and Jansangh recognised as All India parties by the Election Commission.

1954

Kashmir Assembly accepts re-unification with India.

1959

Ann Chandy was appointed the first Woman judge of Kerala High Court. In 1937, she became the ‘munsif’.

1966

Madurai Kamraj University established.

2000

”Water” shooting stopped following suicide by a Shiv Sena activist; and director, Ms. Deepa Mehta asked to leave Varanasi.

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