Today In History – 24th March

Today in Indian History
Events for March 24

24-March-1307 Malik Kafur, Alauddin Khilji’s Commander, won the impregnable fort of Devgiri. The fort was entered by the enemy. Raja Ramdeva was taken prisoner and sent to Delhi where Alauddin recieved him untill his death in 1312.
24-March-1855 First long distance telegram message was opened between Agra and Calcutta at a distance of 1,300 km.
24-March-1896 Thiripad V. T. Bhatt, author and journalist, was born.
24-March-1902 Anusilan Samiti, a revolutionary organisation, was formed in Bengal.
24-March-1924 Virendrakumar Bhattacharya, Gyanpeeth award winner and Assamia novelist, was born.
24-March-1944 Manmohan Singh, famous economist and Finance Minister of India, was born.
24-March-1946 British Cabinet Mission came to India presided by Lord Pethick Lawrence.
24-March-1947 Lord Louis Mountbatten came to India.
24-March-1968 The second Indian-made rocket ‘Menaka’ successfully launched at the Thumba station.
24-March-1974 Lokprabha weekly started its publication.
24-March-1977 Morarji Desai elected leader of Janata Party and sworn in as the Prime Minister of India at New Delhi. Later he formed his cabinet. He was in the office of Prime Minister till July 28, 1979. This was first non-Congress Government in India.
24-March-1977 Ban on RSS and 26 other organisations lifted.
24-March-1981 Bombay beat Delhi by an innings and 46 runs to win the Ranji Trophy.
24-March-1984 Dilraj Singh, Soccer(Football) player, was born in Vancouver, Canada.
24-March-1987 First developmental launch of new generation rocket ASLV ‘Stretched Rohini Satellite Series’ (SROSS-1). This carried payload for launch vehicle performance monitoring and for gamma ray astronomy. This plunged within two minutes and 40 seconds of its launching.
24-March-1990 Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was withdrawn in toto from the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
24-March-1991 Bhau Samarth, internationaly famed painter, passed away.
24-March-1992 Congress (I) strength goes up by six seats in the Rajya Sabha on account of biennial polls.
24-March-1993 Six of Memon family escape to Karachi.
24-March-1995 Devchand Somaiyya, famous Table Tennis player, passed away.
24-March-1998 G.M.C. Balayogi of the Telugu Desam is elected Speaker of the Lok Sabha as the candidate of the BJP-led Government.
24-March-1998 200 people are killed in a tornado on both sides of the West Bengal-Orissa border. The toll includes 80 from West Bengal’s Midnapore district.
24-March-2000 Rupali Repale of India becomes the first woman and the youngest to swim the Robben Island channel-both ways.

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