Today In History – 21st February

Today in Indian History
Events for February 21

21-February-1672 A French squadron under De la Haye encountered a fleet of the Dutch, who were in hostility with the French, near Cape Comorin.
21-February-1829 Kittur Rani Channamma, revolutionary freedom fighter and social reformer, passed away.
21-February-1878 Mother-Pondicherry, greatest world teacher, was born in Paris.
21-February-1894 Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, famous scientist, was born at Bhera, Punjab.
21-February-1899 Suryakant Tripathi `Nirala’, famous Hindi poet, was born.
21-February-1952 General Election ( 1st) of India ends.
21-February-1952 The XV Indian Olympic Games in Madras.
21-February-1953 Tillaya Dam and Bokaro Power Station opened by the PM.
21-February-1959 Press Club of India was founded in New Delhi.
21-February-1973 V. R. Sonalkar was appointed as the Narcotics Commissioner of India. He headed this office till 31-07-1974.
21-February-1979 Yousuf Hussain, litterateur and brother of President Zakir Hussain Khan, passed away.
21-February-1983 More than 600 people were killed in the Indian state of Assam after student agitators protesting the immigration of Muslim refugees from Bangladesh attempted to stop state elections.
21-February-1987 Pakistan President Gen. Zia visits India.
21-February-1990 The Bombay Sappers join the club of the select few, who received colours from the President of India (21-2-90).
21-February-1991 Opposition boycotts the President’s address as a protest against the dismissal of Tamil Nadu government.
21-February-1991 The President accepts the resignation of 5 cabinet members who were disqualified by the Speaker as per the anti-defection law.
21-February-1991 Nutan, famous film actress, died at the age of 56 years.
21-February-1992 Congress scores nearly three-fourth majority in Punjab Assembly elections.
21-February-1993 Naxals free Andhra Pradesh Congress (I) MLA P.Balaraju and a govt. official after 22 days in captivity.
21-February-1995 The plan outlay for Andhra Pradesh for 1995-96 fixed at Rs. 3.159 crores.
21-February-1996 Japanese encephalitis’, caused by virus transmitted by mosquitoes, claims 21 lives in Kerala.
21-February-1997 J. M. Lyngdoh appointed Election Commissioner.
21-February-1997 Sonic Multani bags National snooker title in Mumbai.
21-February-1998 Romesh Bhandari, U.P. Governor, dismisses the Kalyan Singh Government and inducts an 18-member ministry headed by Jagadambika Pal of the Loktantrik Congress Party. BJP moves the Allahabad High Court. BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, A. B. Vajpayee, goes on a ”fast-unto-death.”

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