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What happened in India today | Today’s Historical Events on 20 August
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1828, 20th August: Raja Rammohan Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, and Kalinath Roy established Bromho Samaj, In Calcutta
1858, 20th August: Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection
1897, 20th August: Sir Ronald Ross invented the early stages of malaria parasite inside a mosquito stomach
1913, 20th August: Adolphe Pegond bales out of an airplane at 700 ft (213 m) and parachute safely to the ground, became the first person to parachute from a plane
1940, 20th August: Radar was used for the first time by the British during World War II
1995, 20th August: The Firozabad rail disaster, caused 358 lives, in Firozabad, India
2008, 20th August: Wrestler Sushil Kumar from India won the Bronze medal in Beijing Olympics
On this Day Famous Birthdays & Birth Anniversaries on August 20
1779 Jons Jacons Berzelius, Swedish chemist and academic, one of the founders of Modern Chemistry
1883 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of United States
1890 HP Lovecraft, American science fiction author of macabre tales such as The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and At the Mountains of Madness
1946 N R Narayan Murty, Indian IT industrialist and co-founder of Infosys
1944 Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth and youngest prime minister of India who took office at the age of 40
1976 Randeep Hooda, Indian Actor
1987 Zakir Khan, Indian Stand-up Comedian
On this Day Death Anniversaries of famous people on August 20
1912 William Booth, the British founded Salvation Army
1939 Agnes Giberne, Indian English astronomer and author
1940 Leon Trotsky, leader of the Russian revolution in 1917
2011 Ram Sharan Sharma, Indian historian and author
2013 Narendra Dabholkar, Indian author and activist
2014 BKS Iyengar, Indian Yoga instructor and author
What happened in India on 20 August
The first ship of the Dutch East India Company returned from Far East.
Brahmo Samaj, the first movement to initiate religio-social reforms, was founded by Ram Mohun Roy (1772-1833) in Calcutta. Influenced by Islam and Christianity, Roy denounced polytheism, idol worship, repudiated the Vedas, avataras, karma and reincarnation, caste and more. The first session of Adi Brahmo Samaj was held in the rented house by Kamal Bose of Chitpore Road in Jorasanko area in Calcutta.
First meeting of the Indian National Congress held.
Lord George Curzon reigned as the Viceroy of India. He was then replaced by Lord Minto II, the Earl of Minto.
Urmila Devi Shastri, freedom fighter, was born at Srinagar.
Devraj Ars, former chief minister of Karnataka, was born.
Declaration of historic ‘Mongegue’.
Raja Kulkarni, freedom fighter and politician, was born at Mhaswa village in Maharashra.
The Mopla revolt, one of the important uprisings of India, was started at Kerala.
Mahatma Gandhi is rushed to the hospital on the fourth day of his latest fast.
Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India and Bharat Ratna awardee, was born in Bombay.
Jawaharlal Nehru breaks off relations with the Portuguese after the invasion of Goa by Indian nationalists.
Varahagiri Venkata Giri was elected President and G. S. Pathak as Vice President of India.
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed elected President of India with B. D. Jatti as Vice President.
Indian premier Charan Singh resigns.
Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, a ragi, reluctant politician and Sikh leader, died. He was shot by Sikh extremists at Sherpur.
A restructured 20-point programme announced.
Earthquake measuring 6.5 on Richter Scale strikes India and Nepal. Thousands killed.
India’s Ambassador to Romania J.F.Ribeiro shot by Sikh extremists in Bucharest.
Indian Oil Executive Director K. Doraiswamy released after 52 days of being in the custody of Kashmir ultras.
Sivarasan and Subha, the main suspects in Rajiv Gandhi case, commit suicide in Bangalore.
Mother Teresa hospitalized for malaria.
305 killed and 345 injured in collision between Purushottam Express and Kalindi Express at Murlinagar near Firozabad (UP).
India and China decide to withdraw four army battalions from Chu Sumdurong valley near the Line of Actual Control.
Indira Mahila Vikas Yojana launched.
India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord’s, England.
Lata Mangeshkar receives the Fifth Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award from the President.
Arun Gawli, Mumbai underworld don, arrested for his alleged involvement in the killing of a builder.
Premananda, self-styled godman, sentenced by Pudukottai district and sessions court to life imprisonment for two terms and a fine of Rs. 66.4 lakhs for rape of 13 inmates of his ashram and murder of a male inmate.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court upholds the conviction of former Punjab DGP K.P.S. Gill for outraging the modesty of an IAS officer Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj.