Today In History – 18th February

Today in Indian History
Events for February 18

18-February-1266 Nasiru’d-din Muhammad Shah I passed away. His son-in-law Ghiyasu’d-din Balban succeeded Nasiru’d-din Mahmud in Delhi.
18-February-1486 Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya Devji alias Gaurang, Vishwambhar Mishra, Vaishnav Saint of Bengal, was born at Nabadwip in Bengal.
18-February-1665 The Portuguese handover Mumbai island to England.
18-February-1823 Gopal Hari Deshmukh, lokhitwadi, was born.
18-February-1836 Swami Ramakrishna Paramahansa(1836-86), was born early morning in Kamarpukur village in Hooghly district, West Bengal. His real name was Gadadhar Chatterji. He was God-intoxicated Bengali Shakta saint, Guru of Swami Vivekananda. He exemplified the bhakti dimension of ‘Shakta Universalism’.
18-February-1871 Vithhalbhai Javherbhai Patel, great nation lover and veteran parliament member, was born.
18-February-1871 Vishnubuwa Brahamchari, first missionary of Hindu religion, passed away.
18-February-1895 Shri Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, nationalist, patriot, social reformer and Congress leader, was born at Masauli village, Barabanki District.
18-February-1899 Jainarain Vyas, leader, freedom fighter and social reformer, was born at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He played a leading role in creating united Rajasthan by integration of various states of Rajputana. He was the first Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1951 to 1954.
18-February-1905 Indian Home Rule Society was founded at London by Shyamji Krishna Varma.
18-February-1905 Shyamji Krishna Varma established India House in London to help Indians visiting England. He also established the Indian Home Rule society, which helped him to raise his voice against British Domination in India.
18-February-1906 Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, chief of ‘Rashtriya Swayansewak Sangh’ (RSS), was born.
18-February-1911 World’ s first official airmail flight service with 6,500 letters and post cards was made between Bamrauli to Naini (Allahabad) on February 18, 1911.
18-February-1911 Under the auspices of the British Army, French pilot Henry Pequet makes the first official airmail flight from Allahabad to Naini Junction.
18-February-1911 Captain Vasudev Belwalkar, who had also written the novels on history and war, was born.
18-February-1918 Gopal Krishna Adig, modern Kannad poet, was born.
18-February-1925 Krishna Sobati, famous Hindi authoress, was born.
18-February-1931 Swraj Paul, Indian and British industrialist and multi-millionaire (Caparo), was born.
18-February-1941 There was a minor revolt in Royal Indian Navy which in now known as Indian Navy.
18-February-1944 Bhartiya Gyanpeeth Institute’ established.
18-February-1945 Kal Yug’ era passed away.
18-February-1946 Cabinet Mission in India
18-February-1974 Daniel Moynihan, US ambassador to India, presents $2,046,700,000 cheque.
18-February-1975 Yogesh Shyam, soccer(Football) player, was born.
18-February-1975 Syed Nazir Ali, cricketer (2 Tests for India, 4 wickets), passed away.
18-February-1983 Violence between Hindu Tamils and Buddhist Singhalese in Sri Lanka marks beginning of Tamil rebellion by Tiger freedom fighters demanding an independent nation called Eelam. Prolonged civil war results.
18-February-1988 Jan Nayak Karpoori Thakur, freedom fighter, political leader, great social reformer, teacher and national president of Samyukta Socialist Party, passed away.
18-February-1992 47 die in Tamil Nadu’s Kumbakonam Mahamakham stampede.
18-February-1992 Sikh extremists murder 17 people in Punjab.
18-February-1992 Vasantrao Karnik, great journalist, passed away.
18-February-1993 Congress (I) secures absolute majority in Nagaland and emerges as the single largest party in Meghalaya.
18-February-1993 Phoolan Devi, the legendary Bandit Queen, was released after 11 years in jail. A heroine to many low-caste Indians, she was born into the Mallah caste of fishermen, close to the bottom of India’s rigid social scale, and became a bandit after she was gang-raped. She led her rural band in robbing and killing upper-caste Thakurs in revenge for the murder of her lover and acquired a Robin Hood image. The Rebel of the Ravines siad, ”I shall work for the upliftment of the women and downtrodde”
18-February-1994 India rejects OIC offer to mediate on Kashmir.
18-February-1996 Kenya’s first full One Day International Cricket match at Cricket World Cup vs India. Tendulkar scored 127* and India won over Kenya.
18-February-1997 Dhaniram Baruah, controversial heart surgeon who claimed to have transplanted a pig’s heart into one of his patients, released on bail in Guwahati.
18-February-1998 C. Subramaniam, former Maharashtra Governor, is awarded Bharat Ratna.
18-February-1999 Ramakrishna Hedge, Commerce Minister, launched the India Brand Equity Fund (IBEF).
18-February-2000 Pandit Ravi Shankar is selected for this year’s Subbarami Reddy Kalapeetham Foundation Award, a life-time achievement award, for his contribution to Indian music.

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