Today In History – 20th February

Today in Indian History
Events for February 20

20-February-1827 Mahatma Jyotirao Govindrao Phule, great social worker and founder of `Satyashodhak Samrajya’, was born in Pune.
20-February-1846 Duleep Singh was recognised as the ruler. British captured Lahore.
20-February-1847 Turf Club of Royal Calcutta was established.
20-February-1863 Pandit A. R. Rajrajvarma, famous Malyalam poet, grammer expert and Sanskrit expert, was born.
20-February-1868 Sisir Kumar, Basanta Kumar and Hemanta Kumar, three brothers, first published the ‘Amrita Bazar Partika’, a weekly issue in Bengali.
20-February-1928 Abaji Narayan Pednekar, children’s story writer, was born.
20-February-1929 K. B. Ramaswamy, cricket test umpire for 8 tests from 1976-84, was born at Tamil Nadu.
20-February-1947 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee announced in the House of Commons, London, that Britain will release India before June 1948 and for this purpose Lord Louis Mountbatten was appointed to work as the new Viceroy of India.
20-February-1950 Sarat Chandra Bose, freedom fighter, journalist, leader and elder brother of Subhashchandra Bose, passed away.
20-February-1953 India opens $ 140 mil. power system modeled after TVA.
20-February-1968 Dr Prafulla Kumar Sen and others performed the first ever heart transplantion in Asia. The operation was performed by the Indian surgeons at K.E.M. Hospital, Bombay.
20-February-1968 First Edition of ‘Amrit Bazar Patrika’ weekly was published in Bengali language.
20-February-1976 Production of Crude Oil started from offshore Bombay High near Mumbai.
20-February-1982 The Kangla Tongbi war memorial built for 221 members of Advance Base Depot, who laid down their lives to repulse several waves of Japanese attacks, was finally shifted to College of Materials Management Jabalpur. The original memorial was erected on 15 Apr 1946 from local stone and the main epitaph displayed above is of black Naga stone.
20-February-1985 Bhawani Prasad Mishra, progressive Hindi poet, passed away. His most famous poem is “”Main Geet Bechtaa Hu
20-February-1987 Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh becomes the 23rd and 24th states of Indian Union.
20-February-1987 Lok Dal splits over leadership issue.
20-February-1992 Pandit Gauri Shankar, famous dance director in Hindi films, passed away.
20-February-1993 Government decides to form an Autonomous Council for the tribals within Assam to solve Bodo issue.
20-February-1994 Government makes the first appointment under 27\% reservation for Other Backward Classes in Central Services and Public Sector Undertaking.
20-February-1997 RBI relaxes capital adequacy norms for commercial banks.
20-February-1999 India and Pakistan signed a formal agreement for launching the Delhi-Lahore bus service.
20-February-1999 Mr. Vajpayee travels to Lahore on the inaugural run of the bus between New Delhi and Lahore.
20-February-2000 India-born Mr. Ujjal Dosanjh (52), leader of New Democratic Party, sworn in Canada’s first Indo-Canadian Premier of British Columbia.
20-February-2000 Supreme Court stays the Karnataka High Court’s order quashing charges framed against the former Chief Minister, Mr. S. Bangarappa, and directs the trial court to proceed in the corruption case.

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