Today In History-16th February

Today in Indian History
Events for February 16

16-February-1745 Thorle Madhavrao, fourth Peshwa in Maratha kingdom, was born.
16-February-1896 Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’, great Hindi poet, litterateur, writer, social worker and editor, was born.
16-February-1905 Padmabhushan Aliyawar Jang, former Governor of Maharashtra, was born.
16-February-1911 Bhalchandra Gopal Bapat, newspaper editor and educationalist, was born.
16-February-1923 Vishnu Moreshwar Mahajani, famous author, poet and playwright, passed away.
16-February-1927 Rail service started between India and Nepal.
16-February-1931 Viceroy Lord Irwin meets Mahatma Gandhi for the first time.
16-February-1932 Sibnath Banerjee, trade union movement leader, passed away. He founded several organisation like Congress Socialist Party, A.I.T.U.C. and Hind Mazdoor Sabha, etc.
16-February-1933 Surya Sen Masterda, revolutionary freedom fighter, who attacked the Armoury of Chittagong with 62 men of the Indian Republican Army and was underground on Jalalabad Hills, was arrested.
16-February-1942 The third IAF unit to operate the Lysander was No.4 Squadron, formed with four aircraft on 16 February 1942. This squadron was to continue to operate the Westland aircraft until it too was re-equipped with the Hurricane in June 1943.
16-February-1944 Dadasaheb Phalke passed away in Nasik at the age of 74. He is remembered as the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’. He produced India’s first feature Film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’. He was Director, Producer, Writer, Editor & Laboratorian. Dada Saheb Phalke Award issued by Government of India is given in his memory.
16-February-1955 Maghnath Saha, famous scientist, passed away.
16-February-1962 General Election ( 3rd) of India begins.
16-February-1968 Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon along with their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
16-February-1969 Mirza Ghalib centenary stamp released.
16-February-1980 The first visible Total Solar Eclipse of the 20th Century was seen. This succeeded the total solar eclipse after 22 June 1898.
16-February-1982 Jawaharlal Nehru was staged first time in Calcutta Invitation International Gold Cup Football Tournament.
16-February-1982 Sibnath Banerjee, great social worker and leader, passed away.
16-February-1986 The Silver Jubilee of I.N.S.- Vikrant, India’s only aircraft carrier, fails.
16-February-1992 Abbas Musawi, leader of Hezbollah, assassinated.
16-February-1993 Dr. U.R. Ananta Murthy elected President of the Kendra Sahitya Academy.
16-February-1994 Military Museum established at Ahmadnagar.
16-February-1994 Nivrittibuwa Sarnaik, veteran singer of ‘Jaipur Gharana’, passed away.
16-February-1997 Ramakrishna Hegde launches a new national political party, Lok Shakti.
16-February-1997 Tribal militants kill 21 persons in Tripura.
16-February-1998 Delhi-Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy super-league encounter in Chennai comes to an abrupt halt with Delhi skipper and batsman Ajay Sharma sighting boot marks short of the good length area.

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