On this Day in History


 

On July 21st 1947, the National Flag was adopted by the Constituent Assembly.

 

During the 19th century, India was under British rule and a variety of flags were used by rulers of independent states in India, before the Indian independence… Read More →

On July 20th 1905, the first partition of Bengal along religious lines was approved in London by the Secretary of State of India.

 

The decision to partition the state of Bengal was announced by Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India in July 1905. This partition came into effect… Read More →

On July 19th 1955, famous Indian cricketer Roger Binny was born in Bangalore, Karnataka.

 

Roger Binny was a popular cricket all-rounder who is especially remembered for his outstanding bowling performance in the 1983 cricket World Cup, which India won against the West Indies. Binny was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium… Read More →

On July 18th 1947, the India Independence Act 1947 was given the royal assent and came into force. The India Independence Act was a United Kingdom act of parliament which separated British India into two new dominions of India and Pakistan. Pakistan came into being on August 14th 1947 and India on August 15th of the same year.… Read More →

On July 17th 1996, M. Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced in the state assembly that the state capital of Madras would from then on be known as Chennai.

 

The name Madras was originally given to an area comprising of the present state of Tamil Nadu… Read More →

On July 16th 1856, the remarriage of Hindu widows was legalized across all jurisdictions under the rule of the East India Company.

 

Hindu widows for many years were subject to extreme hardships including the practice of sati, a social funeral practice, which required a widow to immolate herself on… Read More →

On July 15th 1955, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, was awarded the Bharat Ratna (India’s highest civilian honour) by then President Rajendra Prasad.

 

Pandit Nehru is remembered not only as India’s first Prime Minister, but also as India’s most charismatic leader who was greatly admired, not only… Read More →

On July 14th 1636, Aurangzeb was appointed the Viceroy of Deccan by his father and Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

 

Aurangzeb, the son of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, was the sixth Mughal Emperor of India. Under the rule of Aurangzeb, the Mughal Empire stretched from Ghazni to Chittagong and from… Read More →

On July 13th 1830, the Scottish Church College was established by popular Indian religious and social reformer, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Alexander Duff, a Christian missionary in India. The school had a humble beginning with only five students.

 

Located in Kolkata (then Calcutta), the Scottish Church College is… Read More →

Bahlol Khan Lodi, founder of the Lodi Dynasty, died in Delhi on July 12th 1489.

 

Bahlol Khan was of Afghan descent and belonged to a family of traders. He was recognized as a renowned warrior and was also the governor of Sirhind (Punjab). Khan came to power after the… Read More →

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