Today In History – 19 August 2020

Today In History – 19 August 2020

Learn what happened today in history around the world including major events across the world!

Year: 1600

Akbar captured Ahmednagar.

Year: 1757

The first rupee coin was minted in Calcutta by the East India Company.

Year: 1796

Spain & France sign anti-British alliance

Year: 1897

1st electric taxis drive in London

Year: 1900

Start of first and only Olympic cricket match in Paris; GB beats France by 158 runs

Year: 1914

German fleet bombs English coast

Year: 1915

World War I: the Battle of Van begins

Year: 1934

Dr. Hiralal died. He was a distinguished historian and contributed numerous articles to ‘Indian Antiquary’, ‘Epigraphia Indica’, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, etc. He was also an honorary correspondent in Archaeology to the Government of India.

Year: 1942

World War II: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France

Year: 1944

The last Japanese troops driven out of India.

19 August

Year: 1944

Cabinet Mission’s plan announced an interim government, which was formed by reconstituting the Viceroy’s Executive Council.
The Muslim League took umbrage and started direct action. Riots broke out as Muslims attacked Hindu’s in Calcutta and the rest of Bengal.
The Viceroy persuaded the Muslim League to join the government. But the League declined to join the Constituent Assembly unless the demand for a separate state of “Pakistan” was conceded.

Year: 1977

Earthquake measuring 7.7-8.9 on the Richter Scale hits Indian Ocean. It is believed to be the strongest ever earthquake.

Year: 1988

Iran and Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)

Year: 1991

Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gobrachev in a coup d’état

Year: 1992

K.R.Narayanan elected the ninth Vice President of India.

Year: 1993

Sharad Pawar elected to Maharashtra Legislative Council from Pune.

Year: 1994

Rupee made fully convertible on current account.

Year: 1999

India’s role in ASEAN, ARF is lauded at a colloquium in Singapore.

Year: 2010

Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait.

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