Today In History – 19 August 2020
Learn what happened today in history around the world including major events across the world!
Akbar captured Ahmednagar.
The first rupee coin was minted in Calcutta by the East India Company.
Spain & France sign anti-British alliance
1st electric taxis drive in London
Start of first and only Olympic cricket match in Paris; GB beats France by 158 runs
German fleet bombs English coast
World War I: the Battle of Van begins
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.
World War II: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
The last Japanese troops driven out of India.
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.
Earthquake measuring 7.7-8.9 on the Richter Scale hits Indian Ocean. It is believed to be the strongest ever earthquake.
Iran and Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gobrachev in a coup d’état
K.R.Narayanan elected the ninth Vice President of India.
Sharad Pawar elected to Maharashtra Legislative Council from Pune.
Rupee made fully convertible on current account.
India’s role in ASEAN, ARF is lauded at a colloquium in Singapore.
Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait.
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