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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
8/7/1868 Pratham Chaudhary (Birbal), modern Bengali poet and critic, was born.
8/7/1871 Abanindranath Tagore, great modern artist and painter, was born at Jorasanko in Calcutta.
8/7/1887 Kasturi Shriniwas Iyengar, politician and journalist, was born.
8/7/1888 Navalram (Navalram Laxmiram Pandya), literature critic and versatile Gujarati author, died.
8/7/1905 Indian National Congress declared to boycott the British goods for the first time against Bengal partition, and also advocated to buy ' Swadeshi.
8/7/1905 The first political documentary ootage was the Great Bengal Partition Movement: Meeting and Procession shot by Jyotish Sarkar and Jamshedji F. Madan in Calcutta.
8/7/1906 First Tricoloured National Flag consisting of Green, Yellow and Red, with eight Lotuses on the top, second strip carrying ""Vande Matara"" in Devnagri and the third strip having Sun and Cresent Moon, was hoisted at Green Park in Calcutta by Surendranath Banerjee.
8/7/1925 Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan was born in Kumbakonam. He went to Britain and took his Ph.D from the school of Agriculture in Cambridge in 1952. He developed high yielding strains of wheat and rice and accomplished difficult crosses in potato and jute species. In 1971, he was awarded The Ramon Magsaysay Award for generating a new confidence in the agricultural capabilities of the country. He was the Director of the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. He is also the first agriculture scientist to win the Albert Einstein world science Award in 1986.
8/7/1934 Gandhi begins a fast for penance following the violent treatment of a Hindu leader by some of his followers.
8/7/1941 Rabindranath Devendranath Tagore ""Gurudev"", great Indian poet, voluminous playwright, Noble Laureate, social reformer, freedom fighter, painter and philosopher, passed away at Calcutta at the age on 80 years. He will be always remembered for the national song ""Jana Gana Mana"" and as a founder of Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketen, etc.
8/7/1947 BEST services were started by Mumbai Mahanagarpalika.
8/7/1980 Mother Teresa visits the poor in Bronx at New York.
8/7/1982 Krishnakanta Radhakant Handique, linguist, educationist, Sanskrit scholar, principal of J.B. College and Padma Bhushan awardee, passed away. He also authored the learned works 'Naisadhacarita', 'Yasastilaka and Indian Culture' etc. His original treatise written in Sanskrit by Somaveda in the 10th century is an encyclopedic work dealing with Jainism and Indian thoughts and culture.
8/7/1985 Geet Sethi, national champion, was the third Indian to become World Amateur Billiards Champion by beating Robert Marshal of Australia.
8/7/1986 Lok Sabha passes Constitution 53rd Amendment bill conferring statehood on Mizoram.
8/7/1988 N. T. Ramarao elected chairman and V.P. Singh the convenor of the National Front.
8/7/1990 Govt. of India accepts the Mandal Commission's recommendations and decides to reserve 27\% jobs for the backward classes. Violent protests rock parts of Northern India against Mandal Commission.
8/7/1990 Union Cabinet approves setting up of Indian Broadcasting (Programme) Service.
8/7/1991 India successfully launches Prithvi-III, surface-to-air missile from Sriharikota.
8/7/1998 The Government announces a banking and foreign exchange package for development of the information technology and software industry following the recommendations of the National Task Force.
8/7/1999 A. B. Vajpayee, Prime Minister, appeals to the United States to name Pakistan as a terrorist state.


Other Historical Dates and Events
5/20/1750Tipu Sultan, tiger of Mysore, was born. He was the son of Hyder Ali and born at Devanhalli village near Bangalore. Hyder Ali named his son after a great Sufi saint namely Tipu Mastan Aulia. Tipu Sultan was a great revolutionary freedom fighter, social reformer, musician and architect.
11/25/1998Nitish Kumar, Railway Minister, lays the foundation stone for the Chengalpattu-Arakkonam gauge conversion in Kancheepuram. The Kanchi Shankaracharyas stay away from the function following a controversy triggered over the invitation extended to them by the Railways.
6/12/1891Gandhiji sailed for India and reached in July.
12/19/1952Nehru announces the Government's decision for establishing an Andhra State, constituting Telugu speaking areas of the State of Madras, excluding the city.
11/25/1962Dasganu (Ganesh Dattatreya Sahastrabuddhe), modern Marathi saint and poet, passed away.
6/19/1997Indian flag cargo ship, M. V. Arcadia Pride, sinks in inclement weather, seven nautical miles off Colaba, Mumbai, leaving four sailors dead and 20 missing. In the rescue and search operation by the Indian Navy, nine persons were rescued.
3/9/1989Yasser Arafat, PLO Chairman, arrives on a two-day state visit to India.
2/28/1994Budget with Tax Concessions of Rs.40.81 billion and a deposit of Rs.90.60 billion presented by Dr. Manmohan Singh in Parliament.
4/4/1951West Germany establishes full diplomatic relations with India.
1/19/1985Dr. P. C. Alexander, principal secretary to the PM, quits following the arrest of three aides in an espionage case.