Check out below about Today in History 24 February in Indian history or February 24 special day in India. Looking for information about today special day in India? If yes, check out below. On this Special day today 24 February in Indian history, falls the birthdays and death anniversaries of various well-known people of India. You would also find out about events that happened that make it to the list of today special day in India.
Notable events that happened in Indian history on February 24:
- 1583: Mughal emperor Akbar defeated Hemu, a Hindu king who was attempting to seize the throne, in the Second Battle of Panipat.
- 1822: Ram Mohan Roy founded the Brahmo Sabha, which later became the Brahmo Samaj, a reformist movement in Hinduism that sought to eliminate caste distinctions and promote monotheism.
- 1947: The Constituent Assembly of India adopted a resolution affirming the country’s commitment to secularism.
- 1981: The Indian cricket team, led by Kapil Dev, won the cricket World Cup for the first time by defeating the West Indies in the final held at Lord’s in London.
- 2002: The Godhra train burning, a deadly communal riot, took place in the Indian state of Gujarat, resulting in the deaths of 59 people. This incident sparked a wave of violence across the state that claimed the lives of over 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.
Today’s Historical Events on February 24
1739, 24th Feb: The Battle of Karnal – Nader Shah forces defeated the army of Muhammad Shah.
1786, 24th Feb: Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India.
1822, 24th Feb: The world’s first Swaminarayan temple was inaugurated at Ahmedabad.
1882, 24th Feb: The infectious disease Tuberculosis (TB) was identified.
1918, 24th Feb: Estonia gained independence from Russia.
1920, 24th Feb: Establishment of the Nazi Party.
1952, 24th Feb: Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESIC) was launched in India.
1961, 24th Feb: The government decided to rename the state of Madras as Tamil Nadu.
1987, 24th Feb: Scientist Ian Sheldon discovered the bright nebula 1987-A in the Magellanic constellation. It was then 168,000 light-years away from the earth.
2001, 24th Feb: Pakistan agreed to negotiate nuclear deterrence with India.
2008, 24th Feb: Fidel Castro retired as President of Cuba after 32 years.
2009, 24th Feb: The Central government of India announced a reduction in service tax and excise duty.
2010, 24th Feb: Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score the first double century in an ODI cricket match.
Famous Birthdays & Birth Anniversaries on February 24
1304: Ibn Battuta, a Muslim Berber Moroccan scholar and explorer.
1670: Rajaram I, the younger son of Maratha ruler Shivaji Maharaj.
1924: Talat Mahmood, an Indian playback singer.
1938: Philip Knight, the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc.
1939: Joy Mukherjee, an Indian film actor, and director.
1942: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, an Indian scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic.
1948: J. Jayalalithaa, an Indian politician and film actress.
1955: Steven Jobs, an American business magnate and co-founder of Apple Inc.
1963: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, an Indian film director, and producer.
Death Anniversaries of famous people on February 24
1810: Henry Cavendish, an English natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist.
1815: Robert Fulton, an American engineer, and inventor.
1986: Rukmini Devi Arundale, an Indian Bharatanatyam dancer.
1998: Lalita Pawar, a prolific Indian actress.
2011: Anant Pai, an Indian educationalist and a pioneer in Indian comics.
2018: Sridevi, an Indian actress, and producer.
What happened in India on 24 February
Sheikh Mirza, chieftain of a small state of Ferghana, was born in Turkmenistan.
Prataprao Gujar, a great Maratha warrior at the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, died.
Charles Cornwallis appointed Governor-General of India.
Kedarnath Das, geat physiologist, was born.
Satyanarayan, great poet of Kannada language, was born.
Maheshchandra Burjorjee Bilimoria, film distributor, was born.
Kanwar Rai Singh, cricketer (batted at MCG Test for India 1948), was born in Darkati, Punjab.
Mahatma Gandhi released from jail.
Laxmibai Tilak, famous marathi poet, passed away.
Mrs. Kashibai and Mrs. Babbai Lakshman, freedom fighters, were shot dead by the police.
The State of Junagarh, whose accession to India was protested by Pakistan in the UN Security Council, voted in favour of India in a popular referendum held on 20 February.
G.J.M.Gazdar, computational linguist, was born.
General Election ( 2nd) of India begins.
Government of Madras province was renamed as Tamil Nadu.
Rukmini Devi passed away.
Prithvi, India’s first Indigenously designed surface-to-surface tactical missile of 250km, was successfully test fired from Sriharikota. India becomes the fifth country to develop such a missile.
Sharp increase in freight rates in the 1994-95 Railway budget; Pre-budget Economic Survey puts GDP growth in 1993-94 at 3.8\%.
25 jawans die in an explosion in Brahmaputra Mail near Nilalong station about 200 km from Guwahati.
A full Bench comprising Chief Justice M.M. Pareed Pillai, TV Ramakrishna and P. Shanmugam of the Kerala High Court quashed the words “incestuous adultery”, “adultery coupled with cruelty” and “adultery coupled with desertion” contained in Section 10 of Indian (Christian) Divorce Act.
Rishang Keishing (Cong-I) sworn in as the 15th CM of Manipur.
Naresh Chandra appointed India’s ambassador to USA.
S. Korean President Kim Young Sam visits India.
Charles Shobhaj, the notorious murder suspect, to be deported to France after 20 years in Tihar jail.
The Subrahmanyam Committee report tabled in the Lok Sabha. The panel concluded that the Pakistan intrusion in Kargil took the Indian security establishment by surprise.