On this Day in History

Gopal Krishna Gokhale was one of the most notable pioneers of the national movement of India and the founder of the Servants of India society. Gandhi considered this social reformer to be his political mentor. Gokhale was one of the senior leaders of the INC, and through the society he founded, he tried to reform the social and political norms… Read More →

Among the famous events of Indian freedom movement that contributed to the end of British rule in the Indian subcontinent in 1947, the Royal Indian Navy mutiny deserves a special mention. It began on 18 February 1946 by Indian sailors working in Royal Indian Navy in Mumbai. The strike, which assumed mammoth proportion, soon spread to other parts of the country. It… Read More →

Known for his extraordinary capability of oration and knowledge of spiritual and philosophical topics, Jiddu Krishnamurti was a well known public speaker and author. He penned down several books on human psychological nature, relationships and meditation. He strongly opposed the barriers of caste, creed and nationality that exist among people. He spent his entire life preaching equality of all and… Read More →

Popularly known as the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’, Dadasaheb Phalke was one of the most eminent directors and screenwriters in the history of Indian film industry. He was born on 30 April 1870 and breathed his last on 16 February 1944 at the age of 74 years. In his career of 19 years, he made 95 full-length movies and 26 short movies.

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Adored for his classical style and a unique mystical flavour in writing, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, or Mirza Ghalib, as he was popularly known, was one of the greatest Urdu poets in the Mughal Empire, during the colonial rule of the British. He penned down some of the most beautiful verses in form of ghazals that have transcended generations and… Read More →

The infamous Bhopal Gas Tragedy is known as India’s largest industrial disaster till date. The disaster, which led to deaths of several thousands people and crippled much more, resulted in lengthy lawsuit, with human rights groups demanding stern action. On 14 February 1989, the Supreme Court of India ordered the Union Carbide Corporation a $470 million payment for the damage caused… Read More →

New Delhi, the capital city, had its foundation stone laid by George V, the then Emperor of India. The event took place in the Delhi Durbar of 1911. The city’s architecture and planning were done by two British architects, namely Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was on 13 February 1931 that Lord Irwin, India’s Viceroy, inaugurated New… Read More →

Bollywood never had any scarcity of male villains but few of them could command the towering respect from film fraternity and get huge popularity among the masses like Pran had. Pran Kishan Sikand, commonly known as Pran, was born on 12 February 1920 in an affluent Punjabi family. In a successful career covering six decades and comprising over 350 movies,… Read More →

Known as a noted sociologist, political activist and philosopher, pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya played a pivotal role in developing outfits like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. The latter was the foundation of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The reverend leader was found dead under mysterious circumstances near Mughal Sarai railway station on 11 February 1968. During his life and… Read More →

The Kumbh mela, a major religious festival for Hindus, is held in four places in India every years on rotation basis. However, some such festivals have got associated with various types of mishaps. The Maha Kumbh Mela of Allahabad which took place in 2013 is remembered for a mass stampede leading to the death of 36 pilgrims. Ironically, the accident… Read More →

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