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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
05/18/1772 Janoji Bhosle, warrior in Peshwa kingdom, passed away.
05/18/1775 Warren Hastings expressed doubt of hanging Nandkumar.
05/18/1872 Bertrand Russell, great philosopher, mathematician, author and Chairmain of the Indian League, was born.
05/18/1901 Nibaran Chandra Chakrabarti, great poet and Hindi writer, was born in Brahmangaon, (Dacca).
05/18/1912 Narayan Govind Chitre, with the help of R. P. Tipnis and Cameraman Johnson, produced a 8000 ft. long theatrical film 'Pundalik', which was directed by Ramchandra Torney alias Dada Saheb Torne. The entire film was shot in a theatre at Mangaldas Wadi in Bombay, where the Sangit Mandali, a professional theatre group, was performing a play 'Pundalik'. The film was released on May, 18 in the Coronation Cinematograph at Girgaum, Bombay.
05/18/1926 Naranjan Bhagat, famous Gujrathi poet, was born.
05/18/1932 Hindu-Muslim riots take place in Bombay. 150 are killed or injured. Jinnah - the permanent president of the Muslim league, began to spread the rumors that Muslim minority was in danger under Hindu majority and actively propagated the theory of two separate nations.
05/18/1933 Gandhiji commences at noon 21 days' fast for self-purification; released unconditionally at 9 p.m.
05/18/1945 Bhagwat Subramaniam Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79), was born in Banglore. He received Arjun Award and Padmashree awards in 1972.
05/18/1946 Gandhiji discusses Plan with Cabinet Mission.
05/18/1955 Hindu Marriage Act is amended.
05/18/1966 Panchanan Maheshwari, great Indian scientist of botany, passed away. He studied the morphology, anatomy and embryology of some angiosperms, the class of plants which produce flowers. He discovered species of plants like ""Panchanania Jaipuriensis and Isoeted Panchananil."" He wrote two authoritative books, 'An Introduction to the Embryology of Angiosperms' & 'Recent Advances in Embryology on Angiosperms'. In 1951, he founded the International Society of plant Morphologists.
05/18/1972 Kokan Krishi (Agriculture) University was established.
05/18/1973 A powerful underground explosion rocked India's desert of Rajasthan today, making India the sixth nation in history to set off a nuclear device. The blast, which took place at a depth of 330 feet, was in the range of 10-15 kilotons, smaller than the bomb exploded by the US at Nagasaki in World War II. India is signatory to the 1963 test ban treaty, and thus was prohibited from exploding the device on land or in the air. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi claimed the purpose of the test was peaceful and said 'such explosions may have their use in mining operations'.
05/18/1974 First underground Atomic device explosion for India was carried out successfully near Pokhran in Rajasthan (Thar Desert) at 8:05 a.m. This event made India as the 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb.
05/18/1974 Jayaprakash Narayan led a procession against economic conditions in Patna. There was lathi charged and he issued a call for total revolution. He also started the 'Citizens for Democracy' movement.
05/18/1985 Dr. P. C. Alexander appointed High Commissioner in Britain.
05/18/1988 The ten-day Golden Temple siege at Amritsar ends with the surrender of 46 militant Sikhs.
05/18/1992 President R. Venkataraman reaches Beijing.
05/18/1995 Criminal Law (Amendment Bill, 1995) introduced in Parliament to replace the 10-year-old controversial TADA Act.
05/18/1995 Sukhomoy Sengupta, 76, Tripura's first CM, passed away.
05/18/1998 India talks with the US on the nuclear tests.
05/18/1998 India may take the US to WTO.
05/18/1999 R. B. Sapre, India's first national chess champion, died in Mumbai.


Other Historical Dates and Events
10/04/1953India elected to the UN Trusteeship Council.
09/05/1612East India Company's Navy eastablished.
02/06/1915Poet Pradeep (Ramchandra Divedi) was born at Bandnagar, MP.
03/02/2000Om Prakash Chautala, Indian National Lok Dal supremo, sworn in the 18th Chief Minister of Haryana.
06/15/1990Punjab Government returned gold and other valuables seized from Golden Temple during the 1984 Blue Star operation to SGPC.
01/01/1955Shantiswaroop Bhatnagar, famous Indian Chemical Expert, died.
09/27/1995Cellular phone service operates for the first time in Delhi.
06/04/1993The Babri tribunal strikes down ban on RSS and Bajrang Dal and upholds outlawing of VHP.
05/01/1867Sri Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao Pantulu, great freedom fighter, journalist, nationalist, politician, pioneer in library movement and litterateur, was born at Elakurru village in Gudivada Taluk, District Krishna.
09/11/1968Central Government provides more autonomy to hilly region of Assam.